Stocks
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

TOP-PERFORMING STOCKS

BENCHMARKS

S&P 500 RATIOS

P/E 19.1

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. [1] Annualized. [2] Price change only. Top of page

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Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.