With the S&P 500 solidly in the black in 2009, there are many more stocks in the index that are up year to date than down. It's been awhile since we could say that. The count is currently 369 up and 131 down. There are 73 stocks in the S&P 500 that are up more than 50% year to date, and there are 15 that are up more than 100%. Tenet Healthcare (THC), XL Capital (XL), and Ford Motor (F) are the only three stocks up more than 200% year to date.
Below are the 30 best performing S&P 500 stocks so far in 2009. Western Digital ranks 3rd behind THC, XL, and F with a gain of 168.5%. Goldman Sachs and Apple are probably the most popular names on the list with gains of 94% and 92.6% respectively. Other notables include Whole Foods (WFMI), Nordstrom (JWN), Starbucks (SBUX), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Corning (GLW), and Morgan Stanley (MS).