July by the Numbers

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So ends the best month for stocks since January 2010.

Fresh off a mini-pullback of 5.8%, the S&P 500 gained 5% in July, marking the best month since just after the recession ended.

Here are some other numbers from a historic July:

  • Eighteen companies went public this month, marking the busiest July for IPOs since 2007.
  • Small caps also had a banner month. The iShares Russell 2000 Index ( IWM ) shot up 5% too, eclipsing the 100 mark for the first time in the ETF's history.
  • Facebook ( FB ) was the best performer of any large cap stock, rising 52% thanks mostly to last week's huge post-earnings bump .
  • Apple ( AAPL ) rediscovered its mojo, advancing nearly 11% to close above $450 a share for the first time since May.
  • Housing stocks surprisingly slipped. The iShares Dow Jones US Home Construction ( ITB ) ETF fell nearly 3% this month, while the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ( XHB ) ETF was flat.
  • The two biggest commodities bounced back: gold advanced 6.3%, while oil topped $100 a barrel for the first time in over a year.
  • Volatility subsided. After topping 20 late last month, the VIX declined 18% this month, closing July at 13.45 - lower than it was at the beginning of June.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: AAPL , FB , ITB , IWM , XHB

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