We can officially close the book on the third quarter.
Despite recent pullback, Q3 was a very good three months for
stocks. The Nasdaq led the way with a 6.2% gain. The S&P 500
was up 5.7% from July through September, while the Dow Jones
Industrial Average returned 4.3%.
All three major U.S. indices touched multi-year highs at one
Q3 was a boon for a number of stocks - including some very
Here are four big-name stocks that had a very good
As I wrote earlier this week,
has gotten all the attention of late. But Google has posted the
bigger gains. Shares of the search-engine giant were up 30% in
Q3, boosted by strong second-quarter earnings and the company's
recent purchase of
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spin-off went public in April. This quarter, it acted like a
growth stock, shooting up 39% as oil prices bounced back.
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:
One of the biggest movers of the entire quarter. Sprint shares
surged 69% in Q3 as the wireless provider boosted sales thanks
to Apple's new iPhone. With Sprint's cash on hand near a
six-year high, rumors are flying that the company may be
preparing for a takeover bid to challenge rival
This luxury designer just keeps going higher, with seemingly
nothing capable of slowing it down. Michael Kors shares were up
another 27% this quarter. The stock is now up a mindboggling
120% since going public last December.