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

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

May wasn’t the best month for investors but these 10 S&P 500 stocks managed to buck the trend, delivering healthy returns to shareholders.

For the month, the S&P 500 lost 87.58 points, or 6.2%, to finish at 1,310.33.

Here’s a closer look at the 10 best-performing S&P 500 components last month:

Source: Standard & Poor’s

1. Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF) 1. Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $12.28

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $15.64

Percentage Gain: 27.4%

Sector: Industry Goods

52-Week High: $16.27

52-Week Low: $7.83

2. TripAdvisor Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP) 2. TripAdvisor Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $37.51

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $42.88

Percentage Gain: 14.3%

Sector: Online Travel Services

52-Week High: $45.82

52-Week Low: $23.99

3. Cooper Industries (NYSE: CBE) 3. Cooper Industries (NYSE: CBE)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $62.57

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $70.55

Percentage Gain: 12.7%

Sector: Manufacturing

52-Week High: $72.21

52-Week Low: $41.15

4. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) 4. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $58.91

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $65.82

Percentage Gain: 11.7%

Sector: Retail

52-Week High: $68.48

52-Week Low: $48.31

5. Scripps Network Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI) 5. Scripps Network Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $50.22

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $54.77

Percentage Gain: 9%

Sector: Television Broadcasting

52-Week High: $57.75

52-Week Low: $33.82

6. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) 6. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $8.28

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $9.03

Percentage Gain: 9%

Sector: Transportation

52-Week High: $11.65

52-Week Low: $7.15

7. The Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) 7. The Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $120.28

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $129.64

Percentage Gain: 7.8%

Sector: Industrial Goods

52-Week High: $132.50

52-Week Low: $69.47

8. Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) 8. Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $42.65

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $45.89

Percentage Gain: 7.6%

Sector: Online Travel Services

52-Week High: $65.78

52-Week Low: $27.28

9. Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM) 9. Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $83.07

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $88.61

Percentage Gain: 6.7%

Sector: Services/Grocery Stores

52-Week High: $92.00

52-Week Low: $53.32

10. Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM) 10. Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM)

Closing Share Price on 4/30: $56.78

Closing Share Price on 5/31: $60.56

Percentage Gain: 6.7%

Sector: Consumer Goods

52-Week High: $65.42

52-Week Low: $42.30
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