Slideshow August's 10 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks

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  • September 05 2012, 2:02pm EDT
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August's 10 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks

Historically, not much happens on Wall Street during the last full month of the summer. And, for the most part, that pattern held true in August.


But with the election less than two months away and traders back from their summer vacations, investors can expect things to pick up significantly in the next few months.


For the month, the S&P 500 moved up 27.26 points, or 2%, to finish at 1,406.58.


Here are 10 S&P 500 stocks that delivered some late-summer profits for investors.


Source: Standard & Poor's

10. Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $11.02


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $13.33


Percentage Gain: 20.96%


Business: Developer/Entertainment Software


52-Week High: $26.13


52-Week Low: $10.77

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9. PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $11.30


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $13.68


Percentage Gain: 21.06%


Business: Homebuilding/Financial Services


52-Week High: $13.91


52-Week Low: $3.29


8. Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $29.49


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $35.82


Percentage Gain: 21.46%


Business: Apparel Specialty Stores


52-Week High: $36.60


52-Week Low: $15.64


7. Urban Outfitters Inc. (Nasdaq: URBN)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $30.55


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $37.54


Percentage Gain: 22.88%


Business: Retail/Wholesale Apparel & Gifts


52-Week High: $38.30


52-Week Low: $21.47

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6. Lexmark International Inc. (NYSE: LXK)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $17.49


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $21.71


Percentage Gain: 24.13%


Business: Manufacturer/ Laser & Inkjet Printers


52-Week High: $38.34


52-Week Low: $16.10


5. Coventry Health Care Inc. (NYSE: CVH)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $33.33


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $41.63


Percentage Gain: 24.90%


Business: Health Benefit Services/HMO Operator


52-Week High: $42.29


52-Week Low: $25.78


4. First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $15.54


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $19.99


Percentage Gain: 28.64%


Business: Manufacturer/Solar Modules


52-Week High: $93.64


52-Week Low: $11.43

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3. Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $24.62


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $32.21


Percentage Gain: 30.83%


Business: Computer Services


52-Week High: $33.80


52-Week Low: $22.19


2. Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 7/31: $12.37


Closing Share Price on 8/31: $16.42


Percentage Gain: 32.74%


Business: Manufacturer/Distributor Milk Products


52-Week High: $17.50


52-Week Low: $7.94


1. Tesero Corporation (NYSE: TSO)<br><br>