The S&P 1500 is a combination of the large-cap S&P 500, the mid-cap S&P 400, and the small-cap S&P 600.  The average stock in the S&P 1500 is up 9.95% year-to-date as of this morning.  Notably, though, just 55 stocks in the index are up more than 50% year-to-date, and just 11 are up more than 100% year-to-date.  We expected to see more big winners than there actually are.

Below is a list of the 30 best performing stocks in the index year-to-date.  As shown, US Steel (X) is currently on top with a gain of 228%.  AK Steel (AKS) ranks second at +178%, followed by Newmont Mining (NEM) in third at +150%.  Notice a pattern?  Yes, the three best performing stocks are mining companies.

In the top ten, six are from the Materials sector, while just one stock (AMD) is from the Technology sector.  The majority of names on the list of winners are small-cap stocks, and there aren’t a lot of household names on the list.  Outside of Newmont or US Steel, Taser (TASR) is probably the third most widely recognized name on the list, and it’s at the very bottom in 30th place.

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You can’t provide a list of winners without providing the losers as well.  Below is a list of the 30 worst performing S&P 1500 stocks year-to-date.  While 55 stocks are up more than 50% year-to-date, just 12 are down more than 50%.  Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI) is down the most at -85.5%, followed by Basic Energy Services (BAS) at -74.85%.  Pharmaceuticals company Endo International (ENDP) is down the third most at -70.25%, while Restoration Hardware (RH) is fourth worst at -63.6%.

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