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

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  • August 09 2012, 1:19pm EDT
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July's 10 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks<br><br>

July means fireworks, summer vacations and, historically, very languid and often negative trading for stocks across all sectors.


But that wasn't really the case in July this time around. As a group, the S&P 500 advanced 1.3% (17.16 points) for the month - down from a 4% surge in June - to close at 1,379.32.


Here's a closer look at the 10 best-performing S&P 500 stocks in July:


Source: Standard & Poor's

10. Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $13.29


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $15.34


Percentage Gain: 15.43%


Business: Operates CATV Systems


52-Week High: $19.25


52-Week Low: $10.76

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9. ENSCO PLC (NYSE: ESV)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $46.97


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $54.33


Percentage Gain: 15.67%


Business: Offshore Contract Drilling


52-Week High: $59.90


52-Week Low: $37.39


8. Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $28.39


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $33.13


Percentage Gain: 16.70%


Business: Oil Well Services; Engineering/Construction


52-Week High: $47.90


52-Week Low: $26.28


7. Cameron International Corp. (NYSE: CAM)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $42.71


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $50.27


Percentage Gain: 17.70%


Business: Oil & Gas Services/Products


52-Week High: $57.65


52-Week Low: $38.38

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6. Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $48.07


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $56.99


Percentage Gain: 18.56%


Business: Online Travel Services


52-Week High: $61.88


52-Week Low: $27.28


5. Seagate Technology PLC (Nasdaq: STX)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $24.73


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $30.02


Percentage Gain: 21.39%


Business: Manufacturer/Computer Hard Drives


52-Week High: $33.42


52-Week Low: $9.05


4. Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $29.58


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $36.36


Percentage Gain: 22.92%


Business: Retail Drug Chain


52-Week High: $37.61


52-Week Low: $28.53

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3. Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $30.48


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $39.77


Percentage Gain: 30.48%


Business: Manufacturer/Computer Disk Drives


52-Week High: $44.44


52-Week Low: $22.64


2. Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $3.26


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $4.36


Percentage Gain: 33.74%


Business: Diversified Telecommunications Services


52-Week High: $4.63


52-Week Low: $2.10


1. MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 6/29: $6.05


Closing Share Price on 7/31: $8.76


Percentage Gain: 44.79%


Business: Wireless Communications Services


52-Week High: $12.17


52-Week Low: $5.53


Also see:

July's 10 Worst-Performing S&P 500 Stocks

June Boon: 20 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks

June Swoon: 20 Worst-Performing S&P 500 Stocks

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