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

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

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) 10. Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)

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

9. ENSCO PLC (NYSE: ESV) 9. ENSCO PLC (NYSE: ESV)

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) 8. Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL)

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) 7. Cameron International Corp. (NYSE: CAM)

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

6. Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) 6. Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE)

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) 5. Seagate Technology PLC (Nasdaq: STX)

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) 4. Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG)

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

3. Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC) 3. Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC)

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) 2. Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S)

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) 1. MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS)

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


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