This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

10 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2011

Stocks in this article: CBS HP COG CBG MRO MU JDSU

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 Index has risen more than 4% in 2011, a faster pace than last year. But, recent geopolitical uncertainty has held back gains.

The benchmark for U.S. stocks has fallen from a high of 1,343 reached Feb. 18. Unrest in the Middle East and the subsequent spike in the price of crude oil spooked investors about consumers' tolerance for higher gasoline prices. Then, the earthquake and ensuing nuclear calamity prompted a sell-off. Shares rebounded in the past week, but there are other risks looming -- a host of geopolitical concerns and the threat of slower economic and profit growth.

10 Worst-Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2011

Amid this backdrop of uncertainty, the following 10 S&P 500 components have delivered outstanding 2011 gains, rising at least 32% and as much as 43%. Below is a look at what propelled their share prices.

10. CBS Corp. (CBS) is a diversified media company, with television broadcasting, publishing and billboard advertising businesses.

The company's stock has jumped 30% in 2011 on strong quarterly results and expectations for higher advertising demand, and rates, as the recovery accelerates. CBS has lucrative broadcasting deals, including the rights to AFC NFL games and to the NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship.

Its stock, still reasonably valued, costs 13-times forward earnings, a discount of more than 50% to the media industry average. CBS recently inked a deal with Netflix (NFLX), which will stream its content online, and was named a Morgan Stanley (MS) Best Idea. The company is predicted to buy back billions of dollars worth of shares in 2011 and 2012.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

1 of 6

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs