As noted in several of my prior posts over the last week or so, 2009 was one in which it seemed nearly all equities moved higher. As a result, indexing would have been a rewarding strategy for the last year of this past decade. Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst at Standard & Poor's notes the following detail about 2009,
- 425 issues were up with an average return of 51.4%
- 73 issues were down with an average return of -14.3%.
The below table provides a little more detail on the top performing issues.