May’s Top Performing Stocks

After an absolutely amazing April, traders were in no mood to sell this May. Within the Russell 1000, which tracks the 1,000 largest US stocks by market cap, the index’s components rallied an average of 5.3% with just over 70% of the index’s components trading up during the month. In the table below, we highlight some of the biggest winners. Some of these names may sound familiar, but there are bound to be a few that you’ve never heard of.

This month, three stocks in the Russell 1000 gained more than 50%. The best of those three was Twilio (TWLO). After closing out April at a price of $112.3, the stock rallied 73% to just shy of $200 per share. So far in 2020, TWLO has almost doubled. Not familiar with TWLO? The company creates a number of APIs that enable voice, video, and messaging capabilities to their platforms. So when you get a text from UBER telling you that your car is on its way, that message is likely powered by TWLO’s software.

Looking through the list of this month’s winners, like TWLO, a large share of the stocks listed come from the Technology sector. Of the 34 names on the list, 14 form the Tech sector, and the next closest sector – Consumer Discretionary – has just seven stocks on the list. The top-performing stock from the Consumer Discretionary sector has been Wayfair (W), which has gained nearly 38%. Apparently, after being stuck at home for the last several weeks, many Americans have decided they need some new furniture.

In total, eight of the eleven GICS sectors are represented on the list. The only sectors not making the cut?Financials, Real Estate, and Utilities.Maybe next month.  

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