A look at the best performers in the flagship S&P 500 Index paints a pretty clear picture: A lot of the picks that were left by the wayside in the last year or two have come roaring back on renewed optimism.
Of course, whether those gains stick and continue in the second half is anyone’s guess. It’s likely that many of these winners might not have much momentum to speak of after the volatility of the summer shakes things up on Wall Street.
But still, it’s worth taking a look through at the biggest winners of the year as a way to explain which sectors were in favor and why — and perhaps find a way to think about which stocks are going to be in favor going forward.
Here are the best 10 stocks in the S&P 500, based on performance from January 1 through Wednesday, June 26.