lt's pretty sad when the list of the 20 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 year to date aren't all up on the year. But that is the case so far in 2008. Currently, just 18 stocks in the index are in the black this year, while 183 stocks (37%) are down more than 50%.
As shown below, Family Dollar (FDO) has been the best performing stock in the S&P 500 year to date -- up 30.27%. FDO is followed by Rohm & Haas (ROH), Big Lots (BIG), Celgene (CELG), and Amgen (AMGN). Surprisingly, there are three Financials in the top 20. Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK), BB&T Corp (BBT), and Wells Fargo (WFC) are all in the black year to date.
Not highlighting the S&P 500 stocks in the index that have gone bankrupt this year, below we list the current members of the index that are down the most in 2008. AIG is down the most at -97%, followed by GGP (-95%), CIT Group (-88%), Office Depot (-88%), MTG (-87.5%) and National City (-87.5%). Along with ODP, other non-Financials on the list of losers include TXT, MTW, TSO, TEX, NVDA, WFR, and CVH.