S&P 500 Best Stock Performers This Year

Wall St. Watchdog generated a stock screen showing the 20 best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 for the year-to-date period:

  • Cabot Oil + Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG): This company operates in the Energy sector. The stock has returned 80.79% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 76.14% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $68.43, and its market capitalization is $7,148,666,000. About the company:  Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent oil and gas company that develops, exploits, and explores oil and gas properties located in North America. The Company holds interests Appalachian Basin, onshore Gulf Coast, including south and east Texas and north Louisiana, the Rocky Mountains and the Anadarko Basin as well as in the deep gas basin of Western Canada.
  • National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM): This company operates in the Technology sector. The stock has returned 80.38% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 75.73% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $24.82, and its market capitalization is $6,027,147,000. About the company:  National Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a wide variety of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. The Company produces systems on a single chip as well as analog, mixed-signal, and other multichip integrated circuits. National provides solutions for the information appliance, personal computing, consumer, and communication markets.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG): This company operates in the Services sector. The stock has returned 52.64% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 47.99% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $324.60, and its market capitalization is $10,101,290,000. About the company:  Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. owns and operates quick serve Mexican restaurants. The Company operates restaurants throughout the United States. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek>>
  • The Goodyear Tire + Rubber Company (NYSE:GT): This company operates in the Consumer Cyclical sector. The stock has returned 50.55% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 45.90% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $17.84, and its market capitalization is $4,355,537,000. About the company:  The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells tires for most applications. The Company also manufactures and markets several lines of rubber and rubber-related chemicals and provides automotive repair services. Goodyear also retreads truck, aircraft, and heavy equipment tires. The Company provides its products and services worldwide.
  • Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 47.15% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 42.50% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $80.55, and its market capitalization is $13,564,170,000. About the company:  Humana Inc. is a managed health care company with medical members located in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company offers coordinated health care through health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, point-of-service plans, and administrative services products. Humana offers its products to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.
  • El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP): This company operates in the Utilities sector. The stock has returned 46.29% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 41.64% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $20.13, and its market capitalization is $15,479,310,000. About the company:  El Paso Corporation operates natural gas pipeline and storage facilities, transports natural gas, and imports liquefied natural gas. El Paso also explores for and produces natural gas. The Company has operations in the United States, Brazil, and Egypt.
  • CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS): This company operates in the Services sector. The stock has returned 45.14% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 40.49% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $27.65, and its market capitalization is $18,510,720,000. About the company:  CBS Corporation is a multimedia company that operates broadcasting, television production, and publishing businesses. The Company operates television and radio stations, produces and syndicates television programs, publishes books, provides online content as well as provides outdoor advertising.
  • UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 43.92% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 39.27% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $51.97, and its market capitalization is $56,306,250,000. About the company:  UnitedHealth Group Incorporated owns and manages organized health systems in the United States and internationally. The Company provides employers products and resources to plan and administer employee benefit programs. UnitedHealth also serves the health needs of older Americans, provides specialized care services, and provides health care information and research to providers and payers.
  • Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 42.12% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 37.47% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $43.36, and its market capitalization is $16,455,120,000. About the company:  Aetna Inc. is a diversified health care benefits company that provides healthcare and related benefits, serving health care members, dental members, and group insurance customers. The Company offers medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans.
  • Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO): This company operates in the Energy sector. The stock has returned 40.93% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 36.28% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $31.68, and its market capitalization is $22,558,960,000. About the company:  Marathon Oil Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an integrated oil firm with operations worldwide. The Company explores for and produces and markets liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas on a worldwide basis. Marathon also mines, extracts and transports bitumen from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada and refines, markets and transports crude oil and petroleum products.
  • CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 40.92% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 36.27% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $51.66, and its market capitalization is $13,977,620,000. About the company:  CIGNA Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides group life and health insurance, managed care products and services, retirement products and services, and individual financial services worldwide. The Company also sells individual life and health insurance and annuity products in selected international locations.
  • Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC): This company operates in the Technology sector. The stock has returned 40.35% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 35.70% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $57.77, and its market capitalization is $9,751,576,000. About the company:  Teradata Corporation provides data warehousing solutions, including enterprise analytic technologies and services. The Company’s data warehousing solutions are comprised of software, hardware, and related business consulting and support services.
  • AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN): This company operates in the Services sector. The stock has returned 38.94% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 34.29% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $39.18, and its market capitalization is $5,794,230,000. About the company:  AutoNation, Inc. retails, finances, and services new and used vehicles. The Company also provides other related services and products, such as the sale of parts and accessories, extended service contracts, aftermarket automotive products, and collision repair services. AutoNation operates throughout the United States.
  • Coventry Health Care, Inc. (NYSE:CVH): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 38.41% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 33.76% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $36.54, and its market capitalization is $5,416,055,000. About the company:  Coventry Health Care, Inc. is a managed health care company operating health plans and insurance companies under a variety of names. The Company provides health maintenance organization, preferred provider organization, point of service, Medicare and Medicaid, and Network Rental to members in markets throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast United States.
  • Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM): This company operates in the Services sector. The stock has returned 38.02% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 33.37% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $34.52, and its market capitalization is $6,932,866,000. About the company:  Iron Mountain Incorporated provides records and information management services to customers in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The Company offers records management services for both physical and digital media, disaster recovery support services, and consulting.
  • Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC): This company operates in the Energy sector. The stock has returned 37.35% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 32.70% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $61.78, and its market capitalization is $9,928,285,000. About the company:  Range Resources Corporation is an independent oil and gas company that explore, develops, and acquires oil and gas properties. The Company conducts operations primarily in the Southwestern, Appalachian and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.
  • Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO): This company operates in the Services sector. The stock has returned 37.34% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 32.69% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $36.45, and its market capitalization is $8,303,310,000. About the company:  Moody’s Corporation is a credit rating, research, and risk analysis firm. The Company provides credit ratings and related research, data and analytical tools, quantitative credit risk measures, risk scoring software, and credit portfolio management solutions and securities pricing software and valuation models. Is the US Already Insolvent?>>
  • Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 37.24% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 32.59% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $25.43, and its market capitalization is $13,876,380,000. About the company:  Discover Financial Services is a credit card issuer and electronic payment services company. The Company issues credit cards and offers student and personal loans, as well as savings products such as certificates of deposit and money market accounts and operates an automated teller machine/debit network, which includes ATMs, as well as POS terminals nationwide.
  • MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA): This company operates in the Financial sector. The stock has returned 37.23% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 32.58% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $307.55, and its market capitalization is $37,110,640,000. About the company:  MasterCard, Inc. is a global payment solutions company that provides a variety of services in support of the credit, debit and related payment programs of financial institutions. The Company offers transaction processing services for credit and debit cards, electronic cash, automated teller machines, and travelers checks.
  • MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE:PCS): This company operates in the Services sector. The stock has returned 34.52% year-to-date, versus the S&P 500’s year-to-date return of 4.65%. This represents an excess return of 29.87% for the stock for the year-to-date period. The shares recently traded at $16.99, and its market capitalization is $6,095,348,000. About the company:  MetroPCS Communications, Inc. is a wireless communications provider in the United States. The Company offers unlimited wireless voice and data services to the mass market.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from screener.co.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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