Slideshow April Powers: Dow’s 5 Best-Performing Stocks

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  • May 01 2012, 2:44pm EDT
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April Powers: Dow’s 5 Best Performers<br><br>

April was a wild one for investors as stocks across all sectors seemed to alternate huge gains and equally large losses on a weekly – and sometimes even daily – basis.


Through all the ups and downs, the Dow Jones Industrial Average still managed to post a tiny gain – 1.59 points, or 0.01% -- for the month. That marks the seventh consecutive month that the world’s most closely watched index gained ground.


Over the past seven months, the Dow is up 2,300 points, or 21%, and it has recorded gains in 12 of the past 17 months overall.


Here’s a look at the five best-performing Dow component stocks in April.


Source: Dow Jones Indexes

1. Travelers Cos. Inc. (NYSE: TRV)<br><br>

Closing Price on March 30: $59.20


Closing Price on April: $64.32


Percentage Gain: 8.7%


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2. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)<br><br>

Closing Price on March 30: $38.23


Closing price on April 30: $40.38


Percentage Gain: 5.6%



3. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)<br><br>

Closing Price on March 30: $31.23


Closing Price on April 30: $32.91


Percentage Gain: 5.4%



4. Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT)<br><br>

Closing Price on March 30: $38.01


Closing Price on April 30: $39.87


Percentage Gain: 4.9%


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5. American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP)<br><br>

Closing Price on March 30: $57.86


Closing Price on April 30: $60.21


Percentage Gain: 4.1%