Top-performing shares in the S&P 500

S&P 500

This year’s top-performing shares in the S&P 500 were Occidental Petroleum, EQT, Hess, Marathon Oil, and Exxon Mobil.

2022 was brutal for equity and bond markets, and holding US dollars was one of the only places to hide to escape the pain.

However, a few investors saw opportunities in the market and made handsome returns by picking the right stocks.

While 75% of companies in the S&P 500 experienced a share price decline, 50 companies provided a return of over 20% this year.

Energy companies dominate the list as the war in Ukraine and lagging damage to supply from the Covid lockdowns have sent energy prices skyrocketing.

Topping the list is Occidental Petroleum, which has grown more than 130% after Warren Buffett bought a significant stake in the company.

Warren Buffett’s firm, Berkshire Hathaway, is also on the list, with a growth of 47% this year.

The only company in the top 10 not involved in oil & gas is Enphase Energy. While it is classified as a technology company, its primary industry is energy-related.

Enphase Energy develops and manufactures solar micro-inverters, battery energy storage, and electric vehicle charging stations.

Given the war in Ukraine and governments subsequently focusing on investing in improving their armed forces, defence companies also showed a strong performance.

Top-performing defence companies include Northrop Grumman, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics.

While the healthcare sector did not perform particularly well, a few companies provided a good return.

The best picks in the healthcare sector include McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cigna Corp, Eli Lilly, and Merck.

Top-performing shares in the S&P 500

The table below shows companies in the S&P 500 that achieved a return of over 20% this year.

Share NameSectorReturn
Occidental Petroleum CorpEnergy133.7%
EQT CorpEnergy91.8%
Hess CorpEnergy83.7%
Marathon Oil CorpEnergy80.5%
Exxon Mobil CorpEnergy74.4%
Marathon Petroleum CorpEnergy73.0%
Conoco PhillipsEnergy70.9%
Devon Energy CorpEnergy69.7%
Enphase Energy IncInformation Technology66.4%
Schlumberger NVEnergy64.0%
Valero Energy CorpEnergy62.8%
APA CorpEnergy62.0%
Coterra Energy IncEnergy59.1%
McKesson CorpHealth Care56.9%
Chevron CorpEnergy51.7%
CF Industries Holdings IncMaterials50.5%
EOG Resources IncEnergy49.8%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class BFinancials46.9%
Cardinal Health IncHealth Care45.9%
Archer Daniels MidlandConsumer Staples42.8%
Northrop Grumman CorpIndustrials42.4%
Diamondback Energy IncEnergy40.5%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals IncHealth Care40.2%
Corteva IncMaterials39.3%
Huntington Ingalls Industries IncIndustrials38.2%
Cigna CorpHealth Care37.9%
Phillips 66Energy37.7%
Lockheed Martin CorpIndustrials37.3%
WR Berkley CorpFinancials37.3%
Pioneer Natural ResourceEnergy37.2%
Lamb Weston Holdings IncConsumer Staples34.9%
Eli LillyHealth Care33.3%
T Mobile Us IncCommunication32.4%
Merck & Co IncHealth Care31.7%
Arch Capital Group LtdFinancials29.1%
Genuine PartsConsumer Discretionary28.9%
Targa Resources CorpEnergy28.4%
Quanta Services IncIndustrials26.5%
Progressive CorpFinancials25.9%
Rollins IncIndustrials25.2%
Bristol Myers SquibbHealth Care25.2%
Autozone IncConsumer Discretionary23.9%
Hershey FoodsConsumer Staples23.6%
Williams IncEnergy23.5%
PG&E CorpUtilities22.3%
Globe Life IncFinancials21.7%
General Mills IncConsumer Staples21.3%
Campbell SoupConsumer Staples21.0%
General Dynamics CorpIndustrials20.4%
Principal Financial Group IncFinancials20.4%
Oreilly Automotive IncConsumer Discretionary20.3%


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