November wasn't half-bad for most investors -- assuming they managed to avoid the duds.
The major U.S. averages posted their second consecutive month of gains in November, albeit barely. The S&P 500 eked out a 0.05% gain for the month, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed a 0.3% climb and the Nasdaq gained 1.1%.
The average investor did fairly well, too. According to data from Openfolio, a New York-based social investing company that allows individuals to compare their holdings, seven out of 10 investors made money in November. Among the 15,000 portfolios surveyed, the average gain was 0.6%.
The tech sector drove the biggest wins, with Netflix (NFLX) , Tesla (TSLA) and Amazon (AMZN) among the biggest wealth-creators for investors in November. But some of the biggest money-makers in the arena -- smaller companies such as Baidu (BIDU) , Box (BOX) and InvenSense (INVN) -- were also among the most overlooked. Industrials and biotechnology stocks made positive contributions as well.
As for the detractors, a number of energy stocks fell sharply, and real estate, financials and telecommunications dragged investors down as well.
Some specific stocks really dinged investors and took a big bite out of their performance. Here are five investments that stung in November.