Stock market crawls to year-end finish line.
(MONEY Magazine) - The November rally in all major stock indexes slowed in December, as the Fed increased rates for the 13th straight time and investors engaged in year-end selling. The energy sector--up 35% in 2005--managed to notch an 8% gain even as gasoline prices dropped. Shares of automaker General Motors plunged 20% for the month and 49% for the year (as of late December), in part because of a slump in car sales. The yield is 9%--and rising. But don't bet on that payout.
S&P 500 SECTOR AVERAGES
S&P 500 RATIOS
DIVIDEND YIELD 1.82%
HIGHEST-YIELDING DOW STOCKS
MOST WIDELY HELD STOCKS
NOTES AND SOURCES: Unless otherwise noted, data as of Dec. 15 from Lipper, New York; 877-955-4773. Index levels from Bloomberg. Bond index data from Lehman Brothers. Stock data from Thomson/Baseline. Monthly S&P 500 ratios from Standard & Poor's. Ratios are based on previous four quarters of earnings. Top-Performing Stocks are limited to companies with market capitalization of at least $500 million. Most Widely Held Stocks are ranked by largest accounts at Merrill Lynch.  Annualized.  Price change only.