In this post we take a look at share price performance (not total return) of current S&P 500 members.
The first two tables list the best and worst performing current S&P 500 stocks since the bear market began on March 24, 2000 (it ended on October 9, 2002). XTO Energy (XTO) leads the top 25 list with a whopping return of over 2,188%, while JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) has fallen over 98%. The list of winners is led by health care names while the list of losers is pretty much all tech and telecom.
The next two tables highlight the price performance of current S&P 500 stocks since the bull market began on October 9, 2002. The thing that stands out the most from these lists is that only 18 of the 500 stocks in the index at the moment have seen their share prices decline during this 4 year+ bull market.
Looking at the top and bottom 25 over the last year, we see much more muted gains, as only one stock Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI) is up over 100%. Technology stocks again lead the list of losers.
And finally, we see that RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) and Yahoo (YHOO) are off to a good start for 2007, while AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) continues to struggle. Only one stock made the top 25 list for each of the time periods we analyzed: Cognizant Technology (NASDAQ:CTSH). Unfortunately for Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU), it is the only company that made all four bottom 25 lists.