NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Historically, October is not the best month for stocks. Just consider the fact that the market's two big crashes -- in 1929 and 1987 -- happened during the month.

Still, there are individual stocks that buck the trend. Bespoke Premium, a research service by Bespoke Investment Group, has put together a list of 20 stocks in the S&P 500 that have "consistently traded up" during October.

These stocks have "averaged a gain of more than 3% during the month and have seen positive returns at least 80% of the time," Bespoke says. While one-fifth of the list is from the technology sector, the biggest group represented is -- surprise -- financial services.

Of course, past performance is no guarantee that these stocks will do well this month. But as Bespoke says, "These stocks have a demonstrated track record of finishing the month in positive territory."

Click through to see which companies made the list.

20. Nucor

Sector: Materials

Steel manufacturer Nucor (NUE) had an average October return of 3.35% over the past 10 years.

19. T. Rowe Price

Sector: Financials

Investment management company T. Rowe Price (TROW) had an average October return of 3.54% over the past 10 years.

18. Oracle

Sector: Technology

Software and services company Oracle (ORCL) had an average October return of 3.55% over the past 10 years.

17. Goldman Sachs

Sector: Financials

Investment firm Goldman Sachs (GS) had an average October return of 3.72% over the past 10 years.

16. Morgan Stanley

Sector: Financials

Morgan Stanley (MS) had an average October return of 3.78% over the past 10 years.

15. Expeditors International of Washington

Sector: Industrials

Expeditors International (EXPD) , a global logistics company, had an average October return of 3.88% over the past 10 years.

14. Adobe Systems

Sector: Technology

Software company Adobe Systems (ADBE) had an average October return of 3.89% over the past 10 years.

13. ACE

Sector: Financials

Property and casualty insurer ACE (ACE) had an average October return of 3.95% over the past 10 years.

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12. Travelers

Sector: Financials

Travelers (TRV) , also a property and casualty insurance company, had an average October return of 4.25% over the past 10 years.

11. McGraw Hill Financial

Sector: Financials

McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) , a financial data and research company, had an average October return of 4.35% over the past 10 years.

10. State Street

Sector: Financials

State Street (STT) , institutional asset manager and custody bank, had an average October return of 4.36% over the past 10 years.

9. Ryder System

Sector: Industrials

Ryder System (R) , a fleet management and supply chain solution company, had an average October return of 5.36% over the past 10 years.

8. MasterCard

Sector: Financials

Credit card company MasterCard (MA) had an average October return of 6.34% over the past 10 years.

7. Intercontinental Exchange

Sector: Financials

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) , the owner of the New York Stock Exchange among other exchanges and clearing houses, had an average October return of 7.84% over the past 10 years.

6. Apple

Sector: Technology

Apple (AAPL) , the maker of the iPhone 6 and iPad, among other devices, had an average October return of 7.92% over the past 10 years.

5. Nasdaq OMX

Sector: Financials

Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ) , owner of the Nasdaq Stock Market, had an average October return of 8.38% over the past 10 years.

4. Peabody

Energy Sector: Energy

Coal mining company Peabody Energy (BTU) had an average October return of 8.75% over the past 10 years.

3. Southwestern Energy

Sector: Energy

Southwestern Energy (SWN) , a natural gas and oil company, had an average October return of 9.91% over the past 10 years.

2. Delta Airlines

Sector: Industrials

Atlanta-based airline Delta Airlines (DAL) had an average October return of 13.26% over the past 10 years.

1. Google

Sector: Technology

Internet giant Google (GOOGL) had an average October return of 14.53% over the past 10 years.

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