Trump rally’s best and worst stocks a month after the election

Time flies when times are good. A month after President-elect Donald Trump was elected president went by like a flash for many investors, but it has dragged on for many others.

Most of the best performing stocks since the Nov. 8 election are in industries one might expect. His promises to spend on infrastructure, help revive the mining and fossil-fuel industries, and roll back regulations has been a boon for the shares of energy, banking and construction-related companies.

One big winner among mid-capitalization companies was prison operator CoreCivic Inc. CXW, +3.09% as investors took Trump’s win to mean the current administration’s plan to phase out some private prison use wouldn’t proceed. SLM Corp.’s stock SLM, +1.32%  has also soared postelection, on hopes for privatization in the student-loan industry.

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Meanwhile, many of the biggest losers were in the health care sector, amid uncertainty over how the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect the industry. Also, health-care stocks are viewed by investors as defensive in nature because they offer dividends, so an expected boost to economic growth would be seen as a headwind for the sector.

One of the biggest small-cap losers was gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. RGR, +2.18% as the reduced risk of gun-buying regulations meant there was no need to rush to buy them.

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To be sure, a number of the gainers were already winning before the election, and a number of losers were already falling, and Trump’s win just heightened investor interest.

The stock that pulled the biggest U-turn since the election was that of Tidewater Inc. TDW, +5.52% which provides offshore-service vessels and marine-support services to the energy industry. The stock had plunges 79% year to date through Nov. 8, but has rocketed 131% since.

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The broader stock market has surged since the election. The S&P 500 index  SPX, +0.22%  has run up 5% to a record close since Nov. 8, better than the 4.7% it had gained on the year leading up to the election. In fact, Thursday marked the first time since March 16, 1998 that the S&P 500 index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.33% the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.44% the Russell 2000 index RUT, +1.60%  and the Dow Jones Transportation Average DJT, +0.53%  all closed at record highs on the same day.

The following tables show the stocks with the biggest percentage gains and losses, and how they were doing year to date before the election within the S&P 500:

S&P 500 5 best and 5 worst performing stocks since the election
Company (TICKER) Performance since Nov. 8 election YTD performance until Nov. 8
Transocean Ltd. (RIG) +50.7% -20.4%
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) +43.1% +18.0%
United Rentals Inc. (URI) +42.7% +4.59%
Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) +35.2% -7.7%
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) +35.0% +1.0%
TripAdvisor Inc. (TRIP) -23.8% -26.0%
Centene Corp. (CNC) -14.8% +1.5%
Patterson Companies Inc. (PDCO) -14.7% +3.2%
Medtronic PLC (MDT) -14.6% +9.7%
Coty Inc. (COTY) -12.9% -14.6%
The S&P Mid Cap 400 (TICKER:MID):
S&P Mid Cap 400 5 best and 5 worst performing stocks since the election
Company (TICKER) Performance since Nov. 8 election YTD performance until Nov. 8
U.S. Steel Corp. (X) +78.3% +162.7%
CoreCivic Inc. (CXW) +76.3% -46.4%
SLM Corp. (SLM) +62.3% +8.9%
WisdomTree Investments Inc. (WETF) +54.6% -46.6%
HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC) +50.2% -43.1%
Tenet Healthcare Corp. (THC) -24.8% -33.1%
CoreLogic Inc. (CLGX) -13.3% +25.0%
Avon Products Inc. (AVP) -9.3% +50.6%
Convergys Corp. (CVG) -8.6% +14.0%
Tupperware Brands Corp. (TUP) -8.1% +9.0%
The S&P Small Cap 600 (TICKER:SML)
S&P Small Cap 600 5 best and 5 worst performing stocks since the election
Company (TICKER) Performance since Nov. 8 election YTD performance until Nov. 8
Tidewater Inc. (TDW) +130.9% -78.6%
Norther Oil & Gas Inc. (NOG) +91.2% -56.0%
Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. (HOS) +87.2% -58.5%
Tailored Brands Inc. (TLRD) +80.7% -0.3%
DXP Enterprises Inc. (DXPE) +77.2% -8.7%
Impax Laboratories Inc. (IPXL) -24.7%
Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR) -19.8%
HMS Holdings Corp. (HMSY) -12.3%
Stein Mart Inc. (SMRT) -9.8%
Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (SNCR) -9.5%

Among the exchanged-funds tracking the S&P 500’s 11 sectors, the best performers since the election were the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF XLF, +0.94% up 18.6%, and the iShares U.S. Telecommunications ETF IYZ, +0.51% up 11.2%. The biggest losers were the SPDR Utilities Select Sector ETF XLU, +0.17% down 3.5%, and the SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector XLP, -0.41%  down 2.7%.

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Medifast, Inc. Announces 28 Percent Increase in Quarterly Dividend

OWINGS MILLS, Md., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Medifast, Inc. (MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.32 quarterly cash dividend to its stockholders, reflecting a $0.07 or 28 percent increase over the previous quarter’s cash dividend. The quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share is payable on February 9, 2017 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 23, 2016.

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The Company expects to maintain a program of paying dividends on a quarterly basis.  However, the declaration of dividends in the future is subject to the discretion of the Medifast Board of Directors, who will evaluate the Company’s dividend program from time to time based on factors that it deems relevant.

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Medifast (NYSE: MED) is a leading provider of easy-to-use, clinically proven, weight-loss and healthy living products and programs. Medifast aims to help customers lead a healthier lifestyle through a holistic approach to weight-loss and weight management, nutrition education and fitness. Medifast’s proven results are based on the use of structured meal plans featuring Medifast Meals, which are nutritionally designed to assist customers with successful weight-loss and weight management. The company sells its products and programs via four distribution channels: 1) the web and national call centers, 2) the Take Shape For Life® personal coaching division, 3) Medifast Weight Control Centers®, and 4) a national network of physicians.  Medifast was founded in 1980 and is located in Owings Mills, Maryland. For more information, log onto


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Apple says it is working closely with the Chinese government to kill coal

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Apple has made its first investment in wind power. 

Apple recently bought a significant stake in several projects led by Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, the world’s largest wind power turbine maker.

The Chinese firm sold its stakes in four project companies — basically, wind turbine fields in China — to Apple, according to regulatory filings seen by the South China Morning Post

Apple’s head of environment and policy issues and former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said that Apple is working closely with the Chinese government to replace coal with clean energy, according to China Daily, a state-run news source. 

“The investment across four provinces, including Henan, Shanxi, Shandong and Yunnan, will add 285 megawatts of clean energy to China’s grid as part of our commitment to reducing the carbon emissions from its manufacturing,” Jackson told China Daily.

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Apple is not building wind power turbines, but has instead bought stakes in projects using Goldwind’s turbines, and will use the power the projects generate to sell renewable energy to the factories that make Apple products. 

“Apple is committed to powering all of its facilities around the world with 100 per cent renewable energy, and is now working with its suppliers to power Apple’s product manufacturing with renewable energy,” Goldwind said in the filing. 

It is the latest sign of Apple’s ongoing effort in the world of renewable energy and green technology.

Currently, Apple says that 93% of its operations around the world are powered by renewable energy, mostly solar power, but that figure does not include the factories that build iPhones and other Apple products.

However, Apple has been able to convince some of its factory partners to invest in renewable energy, including Foxconn, the main iPhone assembler, which is currently building 400 megawatts of solar in China.

The filing did not include the amount that Apple paid for its stake in the wind power farms, and it also said that the projects would no longer be included in Goldwind’s financial statements. Apple declined to comment for this story. 

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The filing about Apple’s wind investment was revealed the same week that Google said it will run entirely on renewable energy in 2017.

Both companies have been entering into large-scale deals with renewable producers for years. Aside from the environmental and public relations benefits, renewable energy like wind power has fewer price fluctuations and has been dropping in price in recent years as the technology is more widely deployed.

But one key difference between Apple and Google is that until this recent investment, Apple had relied mostly on solar power, whereas Google had used a significant amount of wind power.  

Ultimately, while Apple and Google compete in several areas, like smartphones, they are working towards the same goals in renewable energy. In September, Jackson spoke at a climate convention in New York. 

“Apple is committed to running on 100 percent renewable energy, and we’re happy to stand beside other companies that are working toward the same effort,” Jackson said.

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