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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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25 Oct 14 11:15:40
$CLF Since last ER, stock dropped 40%. Will drop continue aftr ER on 10/27 After Close? http://t.co/L1cP1ZB21P
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25 Oct 14 10:11:34
RT @HCPG: $CLF earnings on Monday, so $XME might be better play there -- that's a decent set-up as it has changed slope of the 20sma. Good …
HCPG
25 Oct 14 10:06:21
$CLF earnings on Monday, so $XME might be better play there -- that's a decent set-up as it has changed slope of the 20sma. Good r/r
HCPG
25 Oct 14 09:54:27
Tough to trust this dog but thru 10 and could be some money trade there $CLF http://t.co/FS0jkNPt6X
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25 Oct 14 07:50:04
I always get a chuckle when self professed "traders" say "hit out those asks" $DRYS $APT $IBIO $CLF $SPY $FB $TWTR
Anthony Labelle
24 Oct 14 19:44:38
I've been brainstorming a $CLF turnaround plan, maybe it doesn't exist and a simple undervalued contrarian view is best.
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24 Oct 14 18:07:13
Earnings Monday $AMGN $BWLD $CLF $CROX $DENN $HUN $LGND $MTW $MAS $MRK $STX $TWTR
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24 Oct 14 16:19:06
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24 Oct 14 16:03:27
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24 Oct 14 16:03:10
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24 Oct 14 15:30:10
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24 Oct 14 13:19:43
$BTU and $CLF should be halted for 2 years.
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24 Oct 14 13:19:09
Little volatility today in coal except for $CLF, boring Friday in coal stocks
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24 Oct 14 13:08:13
Companies that report on Monaday include $BWLD $CLF $MRK $STX $TMUS.
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24 Oct 14 13:05:04
@JJThommy $CLF killer move today. More to come.
Thom Johnson
24 Oct 14 13:04:02
Thought I was done for the week but now I'm long $APT 4.65, long $ESI 8.79, short $HLF 52.00 and still long $CLF from $9.00. Cheers.
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24 Oct 14 13:01:26
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24 Oct 14 12:57:45
$CLF and $SPEX holding both for gap plays
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Vic Scherer
24 Oct 14 12:46:18
$BTU and $CLF should take 2 years off.
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24 Oct 14 12:43:45
Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Monday http://t.co/vzlPMeg5w8
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24 Oct 14 12:41:56
Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF Scheduled to Post Earnings on Monday http://t.co/I0ImaM7BJ9
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24 Oct 14 12:35:24
Cliffs Natural Resources $CLF Scheduled to Post Earnings on Monday http://t.co/qzZ84KKIeN
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$CLF large short interest could make for an explosive afternoon runner
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24 Oct 14 10:41:08
$CLF long 9.50. 44% of float is short, could get a huge squeeze
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@canuck2usa any thoughts on $CLF moving down here?
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$CLF in 9.44 10 looks possible if 9.75 breaks
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24 Oct 14 09:41:11
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24 Oct 14 09:38:39
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