2012 Stock Market Winners and Losers
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The Fiscal Times
January 1, 2013

The books are closed on 2012, and despite election-year uncertainties, a slowdown in corporate earnings, continuing economic woes in Europe and unresolved fiscal cliff squabbling in Washington, the stock market managed to deliver a more than respectable return. The S&P 500 gained more than 13 percent on the year, even as investors swung repeatedly between “risk on” and “risk off” modes that had them alternately seeking to boost gains or find safety amid global volatility.

Here, in the third installment in our series on 2012 winners and losers, a rundown of some key stock market moves for the year.

13.4
Percentage gain on the year for the S&P 500 index

16
Total return, including dividends, for the S&P 500 in 2012

7.3
Percentage gain on the year for the Dow Jones industrial average

15.9
Percentage gain on the year for the Nasdaq Composite Index

14.6
Percentage gain on the year for the Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks

$2.1 trillion
Paper gains made by investors on the year, according to Wilshire Associates calculations reported by USA Today

295
Percentage gain on the year for the Venezuelan stock exchange, the highest of any global market

187.80
Percentage gain on the year for shares of homebuilder PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM), the best of any stock in the S&P 500 index

108.63
Percentage gain on the year for Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), the best of any stock in the Dow Jones industrial average

61.17
Percentage loss on the year for the for-profit education company Apollo Group (NASDAQ:APOL), the worst of any stock in the S&P 500

44.68
Percentage loss on the year for Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), the worst of any stock in the Dow Jones industrial average

S&P 500 Winners and Losers
Winners% ChangeLosers % Change
PulteGroup (PHM)187.80Apollo Group (APOL)-61.17
Sprint Nextel (S) 142.31 Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)-55.56
Whirlpool (WHR)114.44Best Buy (BBY)-49.29
Expedia (EXPE)111.75Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)-44.68 
Bank of America (BAC)108.63J.C. Penney (JCP)-43.93
Lennar (LEN)96.79Pitney Bowes (PBI)-42.61
Marathon Petroleum (MPC)89.25Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF)-38.16
Tesoro (TSO)88.57Tyco International (TYC)-37.38
Seagate Technology (STX)85.85Allegheny Technologies (ATI)-36.49
Gilead Sciences (GILD)79.45Mondelez Int'l (MDLZ)-31.83 
Source: Standard & Poor's

Executive Editor Yuval Rosenberg oversees coverage of business, the economy, technology and Wall Street. A former web editor at WNYC, Fortune and Newsweek, he also writes on a wide range of subjects.