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The Five Best and Worst Performers in the S&P This Year

  +Follow March 30, 2014 6:01PM
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March 31 marks the end of the first quarter of 2014, and, with it, a fourth of the fiscal year is in the books. We’re starting to get an idea of what 2014’s story looks like, and if the first chapter is any indication, we’re in for quite an interesting ride.

Big-box retail continues to suffer, solar is shining, and a dark horse independent driller has begun to position themselves as an energy play definitely worth paying attention to. Here’s a closer look at this year’s top gainers and biggest losers:

The Losers

5. Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF)

Price: $20.00

2014 YTD Performance: -23.20 percent

A big loser last year as well, the industrial metals and minerals company has shed nearly a quarter of their value this year on pessimism concerning the Chinese economy, to which Cliff’s is closely tied.

 

4. International Game Technology (IGT)

Price: $13.72

2014 YTD Performance: -23.90 percent

IGT has plummeted in 2014 after slashing guidance. The company, which manufactures casino gaming machines, announced on March 25 that they would be laying off 7 percent of their approximately 5,000-person workforce, sending shares downward sharply.

 

3. The ADT Corporation ($AQDT)

Price: $29.68

2014 YTD Performance: -26.28 percent

ADT has become the subject of considerable pessimism on Wall Street. On Feb. 20 analysts at Imperial cut their price target on the stock from $50 to $46 a share. Additionally, the short float on the residential and small business security company is substantial at 21.25 percent.

 

2. Staples, Inc. (SPLS)

Price: $11.37

2014 YTD Performance: -27.72 percent

The big box office supply store has been negatively affected by the sea change away from big box retail. On March 6 Staples announced they were seeking to close 225 stores in an attempt to save some $500 million in expenses.

 

1. Best Buy (BBY)

Price: $26.07

2014 YTD Performance: -34.20 percent

Big box retailer Best Buy is a study in extremes. Last year they were the S&P’s biggest turnaround story, going from the worst performer in 2012 to the best in 2013. Best Buy continues their rollercoaster ride in 2014, once again performing worse than every single one of the other 499 components this year.

 

The Winners

5. Harman International Industries (HAR)

Price: $105.44

2014 YTD Performance: +27.15 percent

The audio equipment maker has performed well on the back of an earnings beat and favorable analyst assessments. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of the company on March 4 to underweight, and on March 21 Guggenheim raised their price target on shares from $70 to $98.

 

4. First Solar (FSLR)

Price: $68.64

2014 YTD Performance: +27.65 percent

While solar’s run as of late has been tempered somewhat, First Solar is still having a magnificent year, adding onto their substantial 70.8 percent gain in 2013.

 

3. Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN)

Price: $43.15

2014 YTD Performance: +28.35 percent

An overall uptick in chicken and beef sales this year has spurred on this food processing powerhouse. Their fourth quarter earnings were especially strong, showing a 47 percent increase in net income.

 

2. Nabor Industries (NBR)

Price: $24.78

2014 YTD Performance: +44.04 percent

This independent oil driller has popped after staying mostly flat last year. A massive earnings beat on Feb. 19 spurred on the Bermuda-based company’s impressive 2014 performance.

 

1. Forest Laboratories (FRX)

Price: $91.54

2014 YTD Performance: +51.92 percent

The year’s top performer, big pharma Forest Laboratories, skyrocketed after Actavis (ACT)  announced their intention to acquire the company.  

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Results for CLF
leahanne
31 Mar 15 16:52:38
Volume Alert - CLF 4.81 Cliffs Natural Resources Inc $CLF Hit a high today of 4.99 Closing the day 03/31/15 at http://t.co/OtrB4ZP14t
leahanne
31 Mar 15 16:52:16
$CLF Volume Alert - CLF Stock 4.81 Cliffs Natural Resources Inc $CLF Hit a high today of 4.99 Closing the day 03/31 http://t.co/7rSWROdcBn
dailystockplays.com
31 Mar 15 15:07:17
Elder Green http://t.co/T7LpdPn7el $SPY $AAPL $JCP $PBR $USO $IWM $XLF $FCX $EXC $XIV $PBR/A $ODP $XLU $XOM $DAL $HEDJ $CLF $FITB $COP $HBAN
ShortStockVolume.com
31 Mar 15 14:33:05
Top Shorted Stocks 03/31/15... 13. $OIH 75.84% 14. $DXJ 74.65% 15. $ADM 73.66% 16. $FV 73.27% 17. $WU 71.30% 18. $CLF 70.77%...
ShortStockVolume.com
31 Mar 15 14:33:03
Top Shorted Stocks 03/31/15... 16. $FV 73.27% 17. $WU 71.30% 18. $CLF 70.77%... http://t.co/tviwKoQFxe
Lucretia
31 Mar 15 13:31:04
$CLF Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) Stock Declining Today as Iron Ore Falls http://t.co/VX12I8JfqN
Leveraged Loans
31 Mar 15 13:27:02
RT @Abbynyhk: High-yield bond sample tracked by @lcdnews would be higher today without losses by Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF #highyield $…
Abby Latour
31 Mar 15 13:26:28
High-yield bond sample tracked by @lcdnews would be higher today without losses by Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF #highyield $JNK $HYG $HYLD
Lauren Holmes
31 Mar 15 12:43:35
Other stocks to watch $GENE $FB $GPRO $I $IBM $IBIO $ROSG $VMW $ONCY $FFIV $CLF $EGRX $MNKD. Read our review at http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
Stock Rocket
31 Mar 15 12:11:37
Check out http://t.co/5jbX6meyQT. They have a cool and different way of doing trade alerts. Pretty cool. $CLF $GRPN $MTG $HYSR $GTE $OCN
Investors Hangout
31 Mar 15 12:10:39
chartguy89: CLF -6.92% Stock Charts $CLF Cliffs Natural http://t.co/IkCGiQhiBm
Investors Hangout
31 Mar 15 12:10:38
chartguy89: CLF -6.92% Stock Charts $CLF Cliffs Natural http://t.co/8OGeY9ziXe
chartguy89
31 Mar 15 12:08:23
CLF -6.92% Stock Charts $CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE) Last Updated: 03/31/2015 14:08:22 CLF Stock http://t.co/IUYjK0CxNa
Leveraged Loans
31 Mar 15 11:38:15
High yield bond prices fall in final 1Q secondary reading as Cliffs plummets $ http://t.co/Bt7FpjlaMw $CLF
Brattle St. Capital
31 Mar 15 11:31:49
@HFM17Mile both @HedgeyeENERGY @DividendMaster have been all over these. My short list: $CLF $BTU $RIG $PGN $BBEP $LGCY. Cc: @DonutShorts
scott
31 Mar 15 11:10:47
@techwhitepapers well most sectors in last year gave investors heartburn...look at gold miners, $au $abx over 1 year chart...also $clf
royfberger
31 Mar 15 10:56:05
Where is the $DOW headed? $HPQ $BABA $CLF $AKS $TSM $KGC $ORCL $SPY $QQQ http://t.co/8mR4s08jCl http://t.co/XzORuuEzOP
Conrado
31 Mar 15 10:51:06
$VALE to benefit from low cost mining operations in Carajás. Capex decreasing in dollar terms. http://t.co/pf7yDlrycE $RIO $BHP $CLF
Woll Street
31 Mar 15 10:23:21
$CLF if repeats its pattern may target upper BB in April near 6.02-6.04.
Greg David
31 Mar 15 10:06:16
http://t.co/RMvVXns2xX does trade alerts differently than anyone else. Its super cool. $CLF $CRC $SLM $PLUG $DNR $HL $EGO $CX $HPTG $ERNI
Lauren Holmes
31 Mar 15 09:20:00
Other stocks to watch $GENE $FB $GPRO $I $IBM $IBIO $ROSG $VMW $ONCY $FFIV $CLF $EGRX $MNKD. Read our review at http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
12Stocks.com
31 Mar 15 08:52:41
MidCap #Stocks Performance $CLF $DWA $FBHS $UNT $CMC $OLN $WNR $SIVB $BTU $IPGP $DF $STLD $TECD $ALEX more@ http://t.co/H27z0IZ4hK
ProTradersNews
31 Mar 15 08:47:06
$CLF: Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) Stock Declining Today as Iron Ore Falls: http://t.co/pFc4es1cRD
Trader Daily
31 Mar 15 08:44:07
Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF Stock Declining Today as Iron Ore Falls http://t.co/XHy53BhiQp
TheStreet Alerts
31 Mar 15 08:40:05
Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF Stock Declining Today as Iron Ore Falls http://t.co/dBUnay2S77
Lauren Holmes
31 Mar 15 08:22:43
Other stocks to watch $GENE $FB $GPRO $I $IBM $IBIO $ROSG $VMW $ONCY $FFIV $CLF $EGRX $MNKD. Read our review at http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
James P Worthy
31 Mar 15 07:30:57
$CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (CLF) Stock Up 11% on Asset Sale http://t.co/eRCacntpIa
Peter Bardens
31 Mar 15 07:30:54
$CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Announces Successful Completion of Refinancing ... http://t.co/PtCCDDkkd9
Steve Brown
31 Mar 15 07:08:54
Last trading day of Q1 2015 never to be seen again. MARKETS taking back yesterday's gain. $JCP popping +5%. $CLF down -5%. #tradingstocks
OptionCast
31 Mar 15 07:08:41
Short Squeeze Alerts $GPRO $INSY $WUBA $NSR $CONN $ESI $GDP $CMCM $CLF http://t.co/GyP8KfMSf8
Trader Daily
31 Mar 15 07:01:42
Stock To Watch: Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF In Perilous Reversal $CLF http://t.co/ORAavWCMIg
Quantpost Cnsmr Good
31 Mar 15 06:42:40
$AAPL $TSLA News: "Actives on open @ CBOE: $AAPL $MSFT $TSLA $X $MAC $C $CLF $TCK …" https://t.co/QuJiltC2bA Quote: https://t.co/woT4OPIKCE
Quantpost Basic Mats
31 Mar 15 06:42:40
$X $CLF News: "Actives on open @ CBOE: $AAPL $MSFT $TSLA $X $MAC $C $CLF $TCK …" https://t.co/bMBtE9A4CC Quote: https://t.co/146hL6UOay
Quantpost Technology
31 Mar 15 06:42:40
$MSFT $TWTR News: "Actives on open @ CBOE: $AAPL $MSFT $TSLA $X $MAC $C $CLF $TCK …" https://t.co/bVPcjHJm4m Quote: https://t.co/M9QNP3qqm5
Quantpost Service
31 Mar 15 06:42:39
$NFLX News: "Actives on open @ CBOE: $AAPL $MSFT $TSLA $X $MAC $C $CLF $TCK $TWTR …" https://t.co/gGWAUNYvTv Quote: https://t.co/LAUfe7qehC
Quantpost Financial
31 Mar 15 06:42:39
$C News: "Actives on open @ CBOE: $AAPL $MSFT $TSLA $X $MAC $C $CLF $TCK $TWTR …" https://t.co/k8BJ44hNuU Quote: https://t.co/7GQ4ndVQA7
CBOE
31 Mar 15 06:42:35
Actives on open @ CBOE: $AAPL $MSFT $TSLA $X $MAC $C $CLF $TCK $TWTR $NFLX
Clayton Gilman
31 Mar 15 06:37:51
$CLF stopped out 5.01 +30, looking to reenter today
Clayton Gilman
31 Mar 15 05:53:48
$CLF on course, breaks & closes above 5.00 resist now support with bullish continuation candle. Next resistance 6.00. Enter above 5.00 dip
Dave Neville
31 Mar 15 04:59:07
Cliffs Natural Resources Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks $CLF http://t.co/H4Sk72HSGz via @RatingsNetwork 3/30/15
12Stocks.com
31 Mar 15 03:02:58
Weekly MidCap #Stocks Performance $OLN $SM $NSR $SIG $CMC $DWA $SPN $HLX $THOR $EXP $CLF $X $AYI $EGN more@ http://t.co/H27z0IZ4hK
royfberger
30 Mar 15 21:56:06
Where is the $DOW headed? $HPQ $BABA $CLF $AKS $TSM $KGC $ORCL $SPY $QQQ http://t.co/8mR4s08jCl http://t.co/7uFCMI5tbI
Rex Dwyer
30 Mar 15 17:53:53
RT @DonutShorts: $CLF Iron ore hits $52.69, competitors reject FMG's call for a cartel http://t.co/tfGHyS39Kg
Brattle St. Capital
30 Mar 15 17:47:24
RT @DonutShorts: $CLF Iron ore hits $52.69, competitors reject FMG's call for a cartel http://t.co/tfGHyS39Kg
Donut Shorts
30 Mar 15 17:37:22
$CLF Iron ore hits $52.69, competitors reject FMG's call for a cartel http://t.co/tfGHyS39Kg
$XIN
30 Mar 15 17:05:08
#KCA #VoteJKT48ID NewsXIN_: $CLF $XIN from weekend and last week mentions strong moves today. :) … … … … … … … … …… http://t.co/oAJPmqrobs
$XIN
30 Mar 15 16:49:23
#KCA #VoteJKT48ID NewsXIN_: $CLF $XIN from weekend and last week mentions strong moves today. :) … … … … … … … … … http://t.co/oAJPmqrobs
$XIN
30 Mar 15 16:34:44
#KCA #VoteJKT48ID NewsXIN_: $CLF $XIN from weekend and last week mentions strong moves today. :) … … … … … … … … http://t.co/oAJPmqrobs
$XIN
30 Mar 15 16:17:52
#KCA #VoteJKT48ID NewsXIN_: $CLF $XIN from weekend and last week mentions strong moves today. :) … … … … … … … http://t.co/oAJPmqrobs
12Stocks.com
30 Mar 15 16:02:56
MidCap #Stocks Performance $CLF $DWA $FBHS $UNT $CMC $OLN $WNR $SIVB $BTU $IPGP $DF $STLD $TECD $ALEX more@ http://t.co/H27z0IZ4hK
				
				
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