Interesting graphic from the WSJ showing sector and key stock performance:
Nearly everyone got involved in the stock market’s winning 2012: Nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index look set to end the year in positive territory.
Shares of banks, insurers and other financial companies were on track to post the biggest gains, soaring 26% from the start of the year through Dec. 21. Bank of America (BAC), one of 2011’s worst performers after the euro-zone debt crisis, a slew of layoffs and an uproar over bank fees, has more than doubled in value this year.
Close on the heels of the financial sector were consumer-discretionary stocks, which include retailers, cable and entertainment companies and restaurant chains. The group also includes homebuilders, whose shares doubled this year amid signs of recovery in the housing market; shares of PulteGroup (PHM) nearly tripled this year, while Lennar (LEN) nearly doubled.
Full article is linked below . . .
S&P 500 in 2012: A Tale of Winners
WSJ, December 25, 2012