Stocks ended a notch below record two-year highs with solid double-digit gains for the year after a quiet New Year's eve session that ended with the major indexes narrowly mixed.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1,149.46 points in 2010, or 11.02 percent, closing just 7.87 points shy of its closing high of 11,585.38 for the year, hit on Dec. 29. The blue-chip index is up 31.92 percent since 2008. For Friday, the Dow gained 7.80 points or 0.07 percent.
The best performing Dow stock for the year was Caterpillar , up nearly 64 percent, while the worst was Hewlett-Packard, down about 18 percent.
The S&P 500 rose 142.54 points or 12.78 percent in 2010. The broad market index rose 39.23 percent since 2008. On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 0.24 points, or 0.02 percent.
On the S&P 500, the best performer was Netflix , up nearly 219 percent, while the worst was H&R Block , down more than 47 percent.
The Nasdaq rose 383.72 points, or 16.9 percent this year. The tech-heavy index is up 68.2 percent since 2008. On Friday, the Nasdaq fell 10.11 points, or 0.4 percent.
On the Nasdaq 100, the best performer was Baidu , up 134 percent, and the worst was Apollo , down nearly 35 percent.
Small cap stocks, meanwhile, have surged this year. The Russell 2000 index rose 158.26 points, or 25.3 percent in 2010. Since 2008, the index is up 56.9 percent.Page 1 of 6 | Next Page