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Tickers in this Article: NSM, BIIB, SVU, LTD, ANF, X, AIG, LXK, NVLS, BRCM
On a day-to-day basis, most stock tend not to have dramatic price movements. However, material news/information that is fundamental to an industry, sector or stock's business does get released periodically. This type of news has the potential to move a stock by several percentage points (in either direction). While it is a measure of prestige, a stock's inclusion into the S&P500 does not protect the stock to downward movements. But even if a stock has already moved, it might still warrant a look. After good news, a stock may increase in value, but this momentum can often continue on for more upside. Likewise, bad news often knocks down a stock's price more than is warranted, causing it to sell at bargain levels until the price moves back up.

Check out which S&P 500 components made the biggest moves in April. By comparison, the entire S&P 500 was up 2.76% and the DJIA was up +3.86% over the same period. (For related reading, see How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?)

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April's Best-Performing S&P500 Stocks

Company
% Change
National Semiconductor Corporation. (NYSE:NSM)
+65.89%
Biogen Idec Inc. (Nasdaq:BIIB)
+35.81%
SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU)
+25.53%
Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LTD)
+23.86%
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF)
+21.88%

April's Worst-Performing S&P500 Stocks

Company
% Change
Unted States Steel Corp. (NYSE:X)
-15.27%
American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG)
-13.59%
Lexmark International Inc. (NYSE:LXK)
-13.26%
Novellus Systems, Inc (NYSE:NVLS)
-13.24%
Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq:BRCM) -12.83%
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