Technology-focused companies led the way in total return in the 10 years since the market hit bottom amid the financial crisis.
S&P 500 constituent companies as of March 8 had a median total return of 5.3x and had seen median market cap growth of 4.3x, after adjusting for inflation, since the lowest point by closing price on March 9, 2009.
S&P Global Market Intelligence ranked S&P 500 constituent companies as of March 8 based on total returns since 2009. Among the top 25 in that list, there were two companies each from the banking, internet and direct-marketing retail industries — more than any other industries.
Ulta Beauty Inc. had a total return of 71.2x, the highest among the S&P 500, closely followed by Netflix Inc. with a total return of 62.6x. In terms of market capitalization growth, Incyte Corp. led the chart with a 74.0x increase.
By contrast, oil-focused companies had the heaviest representation among the bottom 25 companies by market cap growth among the S&P 500. Oil-and-gas exploration and production companies accounted for six of the bottom 25 and oil-and-gas equipment and services companies accounted for another three. No other sub-industry had more than two companies in the bottom 25.
Apache Corp. was the worst-performing stock with a negative return of -0.3x, along with Devon Energy Corp. and Mosaic Co. with negative returns of -0.3x and -0.2x each. These were the only companies in the current S&P 500 to have negative returns since the 2009 bottom.
Among banks, Fifth Third Bancorp and SVB Financial Group had the highest total returns, at 22.7x and 18.7x.
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