Just when you think you’ve seen it all from this market, a month like November comes around. Stock returns so far this month have been extraordinary, and what makes the gains even more impressive is the fact that they came not from a starting point of a depressed bear-market environment but instead from a level that was already pretty close to record highs. Within the Russell 3000, which encompasses stocks with market caps of all sizes, the average MTD performance of stocks in the index is a gain of over 15%. Even in the large-cap S&P 500, the average stock in the index has rallied more than 13.5% so far this month! Keep in mind too that these are just averages, and plenty of individual stocks are up multiples of that.
In the Russell 3000, there are 51 stocks that are up over 50% so far in November. We don’t have enough room to list them all, but the first table below shows the twenty top performers. Topping the list is Five Prime Therapeutics (FPRX), which has rallied more than 349% this month! That’s years worth of returns in sixteen days. Behind FPRX, there are two other stocks – Cooper Standard (CPS) and Revlon (REV) – which have both more than doubled. Many of the names listed below are unknown small caps, but a handful of names like Transocean (RIG), Coty (COTY), and Lyft (LYFT) are very well known.
In the large-cap S&P 500, the gains haven’t been as gaudy but are still impressive. As shown in the table below, the twenty top-performing stocks in the index are all up over 30% MTD. One sector well represented on this list is Energy with eight of the twenty names listed coming from that sector.
While just about every stock in the S&P 500 is up this month, 18 stocks have managed to trade lower. Of these 18 stocks, only two – Hanesbrands (HBI) and NortonLifeLock (NLOK) – are down more than 5%. What’s really interesting about this list, however, is that while Energy dominates the list of S&P 500 winners, no sector dominates the list of losers as it’s a diverse set of stocks spanning ten of the eleven GICS sectors. The only sector not represented is Industrials. Click here to view Bespoke’s premium membership options for our best research available.