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.
19. T. Rowe Price
17. Goldman Sachs
16. Morgan Stanley
15. Expeditors International of Washington
14. Adobe Systems
Property and casualty insurer ACE (ACE) had an average October return of 3.95% over the past 10 years.
11. McGraw Hill Financial
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
9. Ryder System
7. Intercontinental Exchange
5. Nasdaq OMX
Energy Sector: Energy
3. Southwestern Energy
2. Delta Airlines