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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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Maralyn Burstein
1 Oct 14 20:19:16
RT @blueplanebros: $CLF sucking wind hard down 30% last 30 days http://t.co/144DDGTlJv
TV_Trading Ideas
1 Oct 14 20:03:25
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1 Oct 14 19:43:34
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AlgoWar1337
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Cap'n Kev
1 Oct 14 18:27:48
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JE$US
1 Oct 14 18:16:59
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Stock Signaling
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David Blair
1 Oct 14 16:42:31
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Gordon Gekko
1 Oct 14 13:41:37
RT @blueplanebros: $CLF sucking wind hard down 30% last 30 days http://t.co/144DDGTlJv
Stocks News&Markets
1 Oct 14 13:37:10
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4-traders.com
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BV Basic Materials
1 Oct 14 13:31:51
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Thomas Collins
1 Oct 14 13:31:47
$CLF Why Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) Stock Is Declining Today http://t.co/VCxGVQn5X9
$Stocknewsalerts
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Anthony
1 Oct 14 13:22:26
RT @WallStJesus: $CLF Bearish flow once again: 8314 CLF Dec-14 $10 P  36% Bid / 53% Ask  (IV=79.1% +5.9)  OPENING
Tradespoon
1 Oct 14 13:05:52
Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF plunges to a new 52-week low
Jordan Caroleo
1 Oct 14 12:55:45
Nibbled some $CLF on the held level into the close. Nice way to end and excellent trading day. :) http://t.co/o5oQHVvCTi
Lon Plasner
1 Oct 14 12:52:41
Is $clf going to 0? I have no position just watching in amazement
JE$US
1 Oct 14 12:50:01
$CLF Bearish flow once again: 8314 CLF Dec-14 $10 P  36% Bid / 53% Ask  (IV=79.1% +5.9)  OPENING
Dividend Master
1 Oct 14 12:45:14
didn't even see $CLF slide back into single digits . Every 'fast money' dude back in December said to get long copper as you shorted $TLT
Mister_X
1 Oct 14 12:42:15
$CLF options are scary. Dec 6s yield close to 5%.
Shiraz Lakhi
1 Oct 14 12:39:42
Final Hour: METALS & MINING #stocks trading DOWN on STRONG 150%+ AVG VOLUME $MT $CSTM $CLF $HCLP ++ (click "View") http://t.co/ouvq15lisl
us stocks update
1 Oct 14 12:38:31
$clf $vale $rio What goldman sach told us!!! http://t.co/ZU0lI0wh8b
Mister_X
1 Oct 14 12:38:20
Amazing that a stock which earned $11 (in admittedly rosier times) now trades for $9. $CLF
Van Dinh
1 Oct 14 12:37:51
RT @FatTailCapital: @BrattleStCap my 0s in next 2-3 yrs picks are $WLT, $ANR, $PGN, $HERO and $CLF
sammy
1 Oct 14 12:36:03
$CLF-- WHERE IS CASABLANCA SUCKERS? http://t.co/7gVZ8j1zq0 via @YahooFinance
Fat Tail Capital
1 Oct 14 12:35:57
@BrattleStCap my 0s in next 2-3 yrs picks are $WLT, $ANR, $PGN, $HERO and $CLF
Mister_X
1 Oct 14 12:34:42
True story: Buffett owned Cliffs for a brief period in the early 80s. $CLF
us stocks update
1 Oct 14 12:32:20
$clf This is what goldman sachs told us!!!! http://t.co/ROGzZMpq2D
Jordan Caroleo
1 Oct 14 12:18:38
$CLF - Gave you multiple chances to get in an position yourself.
daniel
1 Oct 14 12:12:54
i see $CLF is still bottomless. that bounce, if it comes, will be shweeeet.
Blueplane Bros.
1 Oct 14 12:12:14
$CLF sucking wind hard down 30% last 30 days http://t.co/144DDGTlJv
Donald van Deventer
1 Oct 14 12:11:43
RT @KamakuraCo: Cliffs Natural Resources Bonds Dominate "Lowest Price" Bond Rankings, September 30, 2014 $CLF http://t.co/AsLtUM3Cyr via @s…
AwesomeCalls
1 Oct 14 12:11:40
$CLF is crashing hard on that Wells Fargo Price downgrade. LOD Now $9.58 NO bounce in sight yet?!
Joseph Parnes
1 Oct 14 12:07:50
#SHORTPOSITIONS: $CLF @ClevelandCliffs Todays price $ 9.80.recommended in Shortex Mkt Letter 4/30/14 @ $17.72. Cover short-7,stop loss-12.30
us stocks update
1 Oct 14 12:05:25
$clf capitulation..all in.
Mike Richardson
1 Oct 14 12:01:57
Despite reporting reduced the number of environmental incidents by more than 75% since the start of 2012, $CLF still getting hit -6%.
AwesomeCalls
1 Oct 14 11:59:54
$CLF Cliffs Natural valuation lowered to $4-$7 from $7-$10 at Wells Fargo
Quantpost Basic Mats
1 Oct 14 11:59:03
$CLF News Alert: http://t.co/HGCOB7dmpu Updated options view: https://t.co/Br1pPBJ5os All options views: https://t.co/OmDYbXnHv6
MarketCurrents
1 Oct 14 11:59:01
Cliffs Natural valuation lowered to $4-$7 from $7-$10 at Wells Fargo http://t.co/Q5Rl5iErII $CLF
AwesomeCalls
1 Oct 14 11:53:38
$CLF Stands for Clearly Losing Funds! Seems whomever bought that 5% stake into them this morning just got whacked Glad were all out at HOD
Lon Plasner
1 Oct 14 11:36:53
Wow $clf under $10...anyone remember this thing pop above $20 when it was announced to have a big activist investor
Dr. Duru
1 Oct 14 11:26:20
$CLF freefall continues into single digits now. 10-year low and dropping.
Jordan Caroleo
1 Oct 14 11:22:02
When a stock starts to trend intra-day crossing over/under its VWAP, that's when you step back and adjust your plan. $TKMR $BCRX $CLF $AVNR
Moe Bitch
1 Oct 14 09:47:08
Just woke up again 😩 looks like I didn't miss anything ..oh $CLF was a nice fader
Kamakura Corporation
1 Oct 14 09:44:36
Cliffs Natural Resources Bonds Dominate "Lowest Price" Bond Rankings, September 30, 2014 $CLF http://t.co/AsLtUM3Cyr via @salphatrending
Large Void Bot
1 Oct 14 09:31:12
New 52wk Lows: $CLF
Jean Fonteneau
1 Oct 14 08:27:09
@BrattleStCap Solid analysis right there... We should ask him about short interest in $SHLD $CLF $WLT etc...
stt2318
1 Oct 14 08:16:25
Alerts in the chat today $TRUE $CLF $FLWS... http://t.co/vES3b3I7rZ
				
				
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