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10 Best Stocks of the Bull Market

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On March 9, 2009, the Wall Street Journal asked, “Just how low can stocks go?” The same day, an asset manager told CNNMoney.com, “With an absence of good news, the path of least resistance is down.” America was mired in what came to be called the Great Recession, and Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index closed the day down 57% from its 2007 high. Things couldn’t have looked bleaker. Which is precisely when bull markets begin.

The current one becomes the longest bull market on record on August 22, at least dating back to 1932. The S&P 500 has returned a cumulative 410.4% over the run, and plenty of individual stocks have done much better.

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To find the best stocks of the bull market, we asked S&P Global Market Intelligence to set its time machine back to March 9, 2009, and give us the best stocks since then in the S&P Composite 1500. The Composite includes components of the large-company S&P 500, the MidCap 400 and the SmallCap 600—covering 90% of the U.S. market.

The winners are a diverse group.

SEE ALSO: 50 Best Stocks of All Time

Prices and other data are as of August 10.

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