NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- How did stocks that traditionally do well in October hold up in a month known for volatility?
Historically, October is not the best month for stocks. The market's two biggest crashes -- in 1929 and 1987 -- happened during the month. Market volatility this October was at multi-year highs, fueled by tumbling oil prices and energy stocks. The S&P 500 ended up slightly, but during a ten-day, gut-wrenching period, fell to its lowest levels since April 2014.
There are always individual stocks that thrive no matter the trend. In late September, Bespoke Premium, a research service by Bespoke Investment Group, put together a list of 20 stocks in the S&P 500 that have "consistently traded up" during October.
The stocks "averaged a gain of more than 3% during the month and have seen positive returns at least 80% of the time," Bespoke said in late September. The biggest group represented in the list is financial services and a fifth is technology.
How did the 20 companies perform in October? Click through to see how each of the companies fared. November picks.
20. Nucor (NUE)
This Charlotte-based steel manufacturer had an average October return of 3.35% over the past 10 years. This past October, the stock fell 0.41%.