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Here are the biggest winners in a solid third quarter for U.S. stocks

(Sept. 30 closing prices.)

The third quarter shaped up to be favorable for U.S. stocks, with broad gains across many sectors, including winners in Big Tech. But there were also surprises, as you can see in the stock tables below.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average
US:DJIA
 was up 7.6% in the third quarter, for a 2.7% decline for all of 2020. The S&P 500 Index
US:SPX
 was up 8.5% in the quarter, for a 4.1% gain for 2020. The Nasdaq Composite Index
US:COMP
 gained 11% in the third quarter and was up 24.5% for 2020, despite a 5% decline in September.

Here’s how the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 fared in the third quarter:

S&P 500 sector

Price change – third quarter, 2020

Price change – September 2020

Price change – Sept. 30

Price change – 2020

Consumer Discretionary

14.9%

-3.7%

0.7%

22.4%

Materials

12.7%

1.1%

0.9%

3.7%

Industrials

12.0%

-0.8%

-0.3%

-5.4%

Information Technology

11.7%

-5.4%

0.9%

27.5%

Consumer Staples

9.6%

-1.8%

1.2%

1.9%

Communication Services

8.7%

-6.5%

0.1%

7.6%

Health Care

5.4%

-2.3%

1.7%

3.6%

Utilities

5.2%

0.8%

0.9%

-8.1%

Financials

3.8%

-3.7%

1.2%

-21.7%

Real Estate

1.2%

-2.5%

0.5%

-8.9%

Energy

-20.9%

-14.6%

-0.2%

-50.2%

Source: FactSet

None of the price changes in this article include dividends.

Scroll the tables to the right to see all the data.

All sectors of the S&P 500 had gains in the third quarter except for energy, which tumbled almost 20%, even though the price of oil
US:CL00,
based on continuous contract quotes, rose 2%. Rising COVID-19 infections have led to economic closures, dragging on the sector.

Dow

Among the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 24 were up for the third quarter. There were three changes to the index Aug. 31, with Salesforce.com Inc.
US:CRM
 replacing Exxon Mobil Corp.
US:XOM,
Amgen Inc.
US:AMGN
 replacing Pfizer Inc.
US:PFE
 and Honeywell International Inc.
US:HON
 replacing Raytheon Technologies Corp.
US:RTX.

Here’s how the Dow 30 have performed during Q3, from best to worst:

Company

Ticker

Price change – third quarter, 2020

Price change – September 2020

Price change – Sept. 30

Price change – 2020

Salesforce.com Inc.

US:CRM
 

45.5%

-7.8%

1.6%

54.5%

Apple Inc.

US:AAPL
 

43.9%

-10.3%

1.5%

57.8%

Nike Inc. Class B

US:NKE
 

43.8%

12.2%

-0.6%

23.9%

McDonald’s Corp.

US:MCD
 

25.5%

2.8%

0.4%

11.1%

Caterpillar Inc.

US:CAT
 

24.7%

4.8%

1.2%

1.0%

Dow Inc.

US:DOW
 

23.7%

4.3%

1.0%

-14.0%

Procter & Gamble Co.

US:PG
 

19.9%

0.5%

1.3%

11.3%

Honeywell International Inc.

US:HON
 

19.3%

-0.6%

0.1%

-7.0%

Walmart Inc.

US:WMT
 

17.6%

0.8%

2.0%

17.7%

Home Depot Inc.

US:HD
 

16.7%

-2.6%

2.1%

27.2%

Walt Disney Co.

US:DIS
 

14.7%

-5.9%

-1.1%

-14.2%

Coca-Cola Co.

US:KO
 

12.5%

-0.3%

0.9%

-10.8%

Amgen Inc.

US:AMGN
 

9.8%

0.3%

2.4%

5.4%

Verizon Communications Inc.

US:VZ
 

8.7%

0.4%

0.4%

-3.1%

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

US:UNH
 

8.6%

-0.2%

2.5%

6.1%

Merck & Co. Inc.

US:MRK
 

8.5%

-2.7%

1.3%

-8.8%

Johnson & Johnson

US:JNJ
 

7.4%

-3.0%

1.2%

2.1%

American Express Co.

US:AXP
 

7.3%

-1.3%

2.6%

-19.5%

Microsoft Corp.

US:MSFT
 

5.0%

-6.7%

1.5%

33.4%

Visa Inc. Class A

US:V
 

5.0%

-5.7%

0.3%

6.4%

3M Co.

US:MMM
 

3.6%

-1.7%

0.2%

-9.2%

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

US:JPM
 

2.8%

-3.9%

1.0%

-30.9%

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

US:GS
 

2.5%

-1.9%

2.1%

-12.6%

International Business Machines Corp.

US:IBM
 

0.9%

-1.3%

0.6%

-9.2%

Travelers Cos. Inc.

US:TRV
 

-6.6%

-6.8%

0.7%

-21.0%

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc

US:WBA
 

-14.8%

-5.5%

1.5%

-39.1%

Intel Corp.

US:INTC
 

-16.2%

1.6%

1.2%

-13.5%

Boeing Co.

US:BA
 

-17.1%

-3.8%

1.0%

-49.3%

Cisco Systems Inc.

US:CSCO
 

-22.0%

-7.6%

0.8%

-18.6%

Chevron Corp.

US:CVX
 

-31.8%

-14.2%

0.1%

-40.3%

Source: FactSet

You can click on the tickers for more about each company, including full news coverage.

Scroll the table to the right to see all the data.

S&P 500 winners and losers

Among the S&P 500, 70% of stocks had gains in the third quarter. Here are the 10 best performers:

Company

Ticker

Price change – third quarter, 2020

Price change – September 2020

Price change – Sept. 30

Price change – 2020

L Brands Inc.

US:LB
 

183.6%

8.2%

4.8%

75.6%

FedEx Corp.

US:FDX
 

99.6%

14.4%

-0.8%

66.3%

Whirlpool Corp.

US:WHR
 

84.6%

3.5%

1.7%

24.6%

Nvidia Corp.

US:NVDA
 

75.8%

1.2%

2.3%

130.0%

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

US:FCX
 

75.5%

0.2%

2.1%

19.2%

Carrier Global Corp.

US:CARR
 

72.1%

2.3%

0.1%

N/A

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

US:AMD
 

70.6%

-9.7%

0.3%

78.8%

Gap Inc.

US:GPS
 

70.2%

-2.1%

1.9%

-3.7%

PulteGroup Inc.

US:PHM
 

69.1%

3.8%

2.3%

19.3%

Lennar Corp. Class A

US:LEN
 

68.3%

9.2%

3.4%

46.4%

Source: FactSet

And the 10 worst — all were in the energy sector:

Company

Ticker

Price change – third quarter, 2020

Price change – September 2020

Price change – Sept. 30

Price change – 2020

Apache Corp.

US:APA
 

-93.5%

-36.0%

-0.7%

-63.0%

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

US:OXY
 

-85.6%

-21.4%

0.2%

-75.7%

Marathon Oil Corp.

US:MRO
 

-60.6%

-22.5%

-1.7%

-69.9%

Diamondback Energy Inc.

US:FANG
 

-57.4%

-22.7%

-3.5%

-67.6%

HollyFrontier Corp.

US:HFC
 

-50.9%

-17.4%

-2.3%

-61.1%

Marathon Petroleum Corp.

US:MPC
 

-48.4%

-17.3%

-0.3%

-51.3%

Phillips 66

US:PSX
 

-47.7%

-11.3%

-0.7%

-53.5%

Valero Energy Corp.

US:VLO
 

-47.5%

-17.6%

-0.2%

-53.7%

EOG Resources Inc.

US:EOG
 

-42.6%

-20.7%

-0.7%

-57.1%

Hess Corp.

US:HES
 

-37.6%

-11.1%

0.6%

-38.7%

Source: FactSet

Nasdaq-100 winners and losers

Here are the 10 best performers during the third quarter among components of the Nasdaq-100 Index
US:NDX
:

Company

Ticker

Price change – third quarter, 2020

Price change – September 2020

Price change – Sept. 30

Price change – 2020

Tesla Inc.

US:TSLA
 

245.3%

-13.9%

2.4%

412.8%

Zoom Video Communications Inc. Class A

US:ZM
 

135.7%

44.6%

1.0%

590.9%

NVIDIA Corp.

US:NVDA
 

75.8%

1.2%

2.3%

130.0%

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

US:AMD
 

70.6%

-9.7%

0.3%

78.8%

DocuSign Inc.

US:DOCU
 

51.5%

-3.5%

1.1%

190.4%

Apple Inc.

US:AAPL
 

43.9%

-10.3%

1.5%

57.8%

Qualcomm Inc.

US:QCOM
 

42.3%

-1.2%

0.3%

33.4%

Cintas Corp.

US:CTAS
 

42.3%

-0.1%

0.8%

23.7%

Align Technology Inc.

US:ALGN
 

38.4%

10.2%

2.2%

17.3%

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

US:ISRG
 

38.0%

-2.9%

2.4%

20.0%

Source: FactSet

And the 10 worst — with what may be some surprises among tech, biotech and pharmaceutical names:

Company

Ticker

Price change – third quarter, 2020

Price change – September 2020

Price change – Sept. 30

Price change – 2020

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

US:BMRN
 

-66.2%

-2.5%

0.1%

-10.0%

Pinduoduo Inc. ADR Class A

US:PDD
 

-34.3%

-16.6%

0.6%

96.1%

Illumina Inc.

US:ILMN
 

-25.8%

-13.5%

1.2%

-6.8%

Incyte Corp.

US:INCY
 

-22.5%

-6.9%

2.6%

2.8%

Western Digital Corp.

US:WDC
 

-22.1%

-4.9%

-7.0%

-42.4%

Cisco Systems Inc.

US:CSCO
 

-22.0%

-7.6%

-0.1%

-18.6%

Gilead Sciences Inc.

US:GILD
 

-18.9%

-5.3%

1.8%

-2.8%

Intel Corp.

US:INTC
 

-16.2%

1.6%

1.2%

-13.5%

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc

US:WBA
 

-14.8%

-5.5%

1.5%

-39.1%

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

US:REGN
 

-14.0%

-9.7%

-2.4%

49.1%

Source: FactSet


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