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

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  • July 09 2012, 2:04pm EDT
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June Boon: 20 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks<br><br>

The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq all enjoyed robust gains in June as investors capitalized on some bargains in the wake of May’s sell-off by snapping up shares across multiple sectors.


After losing 6.2% of its total value in May, the S&P 500 rebounded with aplomb in June, rallying up 4% to close out the month at 1,362.16.


Here’s a detailed review of the 20 best-performing S&P 500 stocks from last month:


Source: Standard & Poor’s

20. QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE: QEP)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $26.32


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $29.97


Percentage Gain: 13.87%


Business: Oil & Gas Exploration


52-Week High: $45.20


52-Week Low: $23.56


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19. Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $28.03


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $31.93


Percentage Gain: 13.91%


Business: Oil & Gas Production/Exploration


52-Week High: $49.25


52-Week Low: $25.63



18. VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $38.23


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $43.57


Percentage Gain: 13.97%


Business: Digital Certificate Services


52-Week High: $45.10


52-Week Low: $27.00



17. PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $9.36


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $10.70


Percentage Gain: 14.32%


Business: Homebuilding/Financial Services


52-Week High: $11.19


52-Week Low: $3.29


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16. Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $21.10


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $24.15


Percentage Gain: 14.45%


Business: Oil & Gas Refining


52-Week High: $28.68


52-Week Low: $16.40



15. Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $34.65


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $39.71


Percentage Gain: 14.60%


Business: Construction Materials & Chemicals


52-Week High: $48.09


52-Week Low: $25.06



14. The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $47.68


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $54.76


Percentage Gain: 14.85%


Business: Manufacturer/Specialty Chemicals


52-Week High: $74.31


52-Week Low: $44.43


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13. Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $73.08


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $83.94


Percentage Gain: 14.86%


Business: Software/Cloud Computing


52-Week High: $87.99


52-Week Low: $50.21



12. EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $46.38


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $53.63


Percentage Gain: 15.63%


Business: Oil & Gas Exploration


52-Week High: $73.10


52-Week Low: $43.69



11. News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $19.20


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $22.29


Percentage Gain: 16.09%


Business: Media/TV Broadcasting, Newspapers


52-Week High: $22.94


52-Week Low: $13.38


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

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $11.44


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $13.29


Percentage Gain: 16.17%


Business: Operates CATV Systems


52-Week High: $26.91


52-Week Low: $10.76



9. Iron Mountain, Inc. (NYSE: IRM)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $28.35


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $32.96


Percentage Gain: 16.26%


Business: Records Management


52-Week High: $35.79


52-Week Low: $27.10



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

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $12.56


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $15.06


Percentage Gain: 19.90%


Business: Manufacturer/Solar Modules


52-Week High: $130.98


52-Week Low: $11.43


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7. Sears Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $49.40


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $59.70


Percentage Gain: 20.85%


Business: Discount Department Stores


52-Week High: $85.90


52-Week Low: $28.89



6. DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $81.25


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $98.21


Percentage Gain: 20.87%


Business: Dialysis Services


52-Week High: $99.10


52-Week Low: $59.14



5. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $85.37


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $103.30


Percentage Gain: 21%


Business: Medical Appliances, Equipment


52-Week High: $104.63


52-Week Low: $61.59


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4. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $32.54


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $39.40


Percentage Gain: 21.08%


Business: Oil & Gas Exploration, Production


52-Week High: $45.00


52-Week Low: $27.77



3. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $36.07


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $44.92


Percentage Gain: 24.54%


Business: Petroleum Refining


52-Week High: $46.52


52-Week Low: $26.35



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

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $2.57


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $3.26


Percentage Gain: 26.85%


Business: Telecommunications Services


52-Week High: $5.52


52-Week Low: $2.10


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1. Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ)<br><br>

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $19.29


Closing Share Price on 6/29: $27.06


Percentage Gain: 40.28%


Business: Domestic Wine Producer


52-Week High: $28.97


52-Week Low: $16.42


Also see:

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

10 Dividend-Paying Stocks Your Clients Will Want in 2012

5 Best-Performing Growth Mutual Funds This Year

May Flowers: 10 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks

May Flounders: 10 Biggest S&P Laggards