Biggest S&P 500 winners and losers of 2017: Tech, health care and home builders lead

Tech companies and home builders figured prominently in the best performing stocks of 2017 on the S&P 500 index, while energy companies and a few retail and consumer stocks figured among the worst performers.

As 2017 winds to a close, the best performing stock on the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.18%  turned out to be Align Technology Inc. ALGN, -1.49% the maker of Invisalign dental braces. The company has consistently beaten Wall Street earnings and revenue estimates in the past three quarters, and 12 out of 13 analysts who cover the company have a buy or overweight rating on the stock.

The worst performer was Baker Hughes BHI, -2.47% , but to be fair, that dent in performance resulted from shareholders of the old Baker Hughes Inc. getting a special cash dividend of $17.50 on July 6 after General Electric Co. acquired the company.

One Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14%  component made an appearance on each best and worst list. While Boeing Co. BA, -0.21%  shares appeared as the fifth best performing stock on the S&P 500 index, helped along by a “close to perfect” earnings report back in July, General Electric Co. GE, +0.42%  shares made it in the list of 10 worst performers as shares have been consistently punished as the industrial conglomerate seeks to redefine itself under Chief Executive John Flannery.

S&P 500’s best performers in 2017
Company/ticker 2017 % gain Sector
Align Technology Inc. ALGN, -1.49%   134% Health care
NRG Energy Inc. NRG, +1.75%   134% Utilities
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. VRTX, -0.52%   104% Health care
Wynn Resorts Ltd. WYNN, -0.23%   94% Consumer discretionary
Boeing Co. BA, -0.21%   90% Industrials
Micron Technology Inc. MU, -0.90%   90% Tech
D.R. Horton Inc. DHI, -0.13%   87% Consumer discretionary
PayPal Holdings Inc. PYPL, -0.34%   87% Tech
Nvidia Corp. NVDA, -1.09%   83% Tech
PulteGroup Inc. PHM, -0.79%   81% Consumer discretionary

In comparison, the S&P 500 is looking to close up about 20% this year, with tech stocks as the best performers, up nearly 34%, and telecom stocks the worst performing sector, down nearly 13%. The S&P fared worse than the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite Index for the year.

See also: Winners and losers on the Dow and the Nasdaq for 2017

Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. VRTX, -0.52%  have been on a steady tear all year and received a more than 20% one-day boost back in July on positive results from a study of a cystic-fibrosis drug.

Chip makers carved out a few top 10 spots with shares of Micron Technology Inc. MU, -0.90%  and Nvidia Corp. NVDA, -1.09%  benefiting from trends in growing data centers, while shares of D.R. Horton Inc. DHI, -0.13%  and PulteGroup Inc. PHM, -0.79%  have benefited from rising construction and record confidence levels.

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S&P 500’s worst performers in 2017
Company/ticker 2017 % loss Sector
Baker Hughes, a GE Co. BHGE, +0.86%   51% Energy
Range Resources Corp. RRC, -2.44%   50% Energy
Under Armour Inc. A shares UAA, -3.17%  /C shares UA, -3.18%   48%/45% Consumer discretionary
Scana Corp. SCG, +0.08%   46% Utilities
General Electric Co. GE, +0.42%   45% Industrials
Envision Healthcare Corp. EVHC, +0.19%   45% Health care
Mattel Inc. MAT, +0.26%   44% Consumer discretionary
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CHK, -0.87%   43% Energy
Advance Auto Parts Inc. AAP, +0.43%   41% Consumer discretionary
Signet Jewelers Ltd. SIG, +2.43%   39% Consumer discretionary

With energy names like Range Resources Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. struggling, shares of consumer facing companies like Under Armour Inc. andMattel Inc. have gotten clobbered this year on earnings woes. Additionally, Mattel’s bonds were recently downgraded to “junk” and no definitive word on whether Hasbro Inc. HAS, -0.54%  is going to acquire its rival.

Shares of Advance Auto Parts Inc.made the top 10 worst, even after shares rallied earlier in November following stronger-than-expected quarterly results.

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