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Jan. 8, 2016, 6:19 p.m. EST

These stocks would have made you a big winner in a brutal week

Time Warner gained more than 10% in a historically bad week for Wall Street

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By Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch


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Making a bet on these stocks would have been a reason to cheer this week.

It was the week that was. In fact, it was the worst calendar-year opening week for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 stock benchmarks ever. What a way to start 2016.

The Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -2.88% lopped off about 1,078 points, for a 6.2% decline and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -2.19%  shed 121 points, or nearly 6%, according to Dow Jones data.

The abysmal sea of red was fueled primarily by worries about the state of the second-largest economy in the world: China. Hand-wringing about Beijing’s economic health is tied to deep-rooted concerns about a global recession and a massive liquidity pinch that could sweep the globe, aided by plunging commodity prices like crude oil.

Indeed, the U.S. benchmark for oil, West Texas Intermediate trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange /zigman2/quotes/209723706/delayed CLG26 0.00% , ended the week down 11.2%, and its international counterpart, Brent crude , saw a 10.5% weekly drop.

Read: Marc Faber’s forecast for the U.S. stock market is frightening

Also read : Taking stock of an awful trading week on Wall Street

Against that backdrop, it is hard to imagine that any winners emerged. But there were a few.

MarketWatch spotted about three dozen S&P 500 stocks that managed to avoid the worst of the reckoning and end the week in positive territory. Time Warner shares led the pack with a roughly 10% weekly gain, while Wal-Mart advanced 3.7%—a notable feat for a company whose shares didn’t exactly set the world on fire in 2015.

Other stocks, including a handful energy names, enjoyed a bounce that helped them avoid the worst week ever. Here’s a more complete list:

Companies % Return from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2015
Time Warner Inc.   10.1%
Flir Systems /zigman2/quotes/207487690/composite FLIR   7.9%
Range Resources Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205059849/composite RRC    4.6%
EQT Corp. /zigman2/quotes/209305691/composite EQT   4,5%
Wal-Mart Stores /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT   3.7%
Spectra Energy Corp. /zigman2/quotes/202797958/composite SE   3.6%
Consolidated Edison Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207137172/composite ED   3.4%
Constellation Brands Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207737284/composite STZ   3.2%
Dominion Resources /zigman2/quotes/206853976/composite D   2.8%
Signet Jewelers Limited /zigman2/quotes/204614427/composite SIG   2.6%
Macy’s Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201854387/composite M   2.6%
Baxalta Inc.   2.5%
Equinix Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208927761/composite EQIX   2.4%
Reynolds American   2.1%
C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203490767/composite CHRW   1.8%
Nextra Energy Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200558509/composite NEE   1.2%
GameStop Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203755179/composite GME   1.2%
Hasbro Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201249319/composite HAS   1%
Xcel Energy Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200626850/composite XEL   0.8%
Ameren Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200090237/composite AEE   0.7%
Dollar Tree /zigman2/quotes/203712248/composite DLTR   0.7%
Kohl’s Corp /zigman2/quotes/210414114/composite KSS   0.5%
Staples Inc.   0.4%
SCANA Corp.   0.4%
Republic Services Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205979971/composite RSG   0.3%
WEC Energy Group /zigman2/quotes/207419035/composite WEC   0.3%
Keurig Green Mountain   0.3%
Exelon Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205982254/composite EXC   0.2%
Teco. Energy Inc.   0.1%
Welltower, Inc.   0.1%
Newmont Mining Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205356474/composite NEM   0.1%
Altria Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208895754/composite MO   0.1%
CMS Energy Group /zigman2/quotes/209852159/composite CMS   0.1%
Precision Castparts Corp. 0.03%
Source: FactSet
/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
26,859.89
-797.53 -2.88%
Volume: 272.56M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:49p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,246.86
-72.61 -2.19%
Volume: 1.45B
Sept. 21, 2020 12:49p
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/zigman2/quotes/209723706/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 48.31
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 0.00
Sept. 18, 2020 5:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/207487690/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 35.54
-0.47 -1.29%
Volume: 543,300
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
33.90
Dividend Yield
1.91%
Market Cap
$4.72 billion
Rev. per Employee
$486,623
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/zigman2/quotes/205059849/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 7.64
-0.15 -1.86%
Volume: 1.72M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$1.99 billion
Rev. per Employee
$4.19M
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/zigman2/quotes/209305691/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 15.30
+0.16 +1.06%
Volume: 1.32M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$3.87 billion
Rev. per Employee
$5.48M
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/zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 135.81
+0.52 +0.38%
Volume: 8.86M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:49p
P/E Ratio
21.63
Dividend Yield
1.59%
Market Cap
$383.38 billion
Rev. per Employee
$223,654
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/zigman2/quotes/202797958/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 149.27
+1.71 +1.16%
Volume: 1.23M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$71.97 billion
Rev. per Employee
$36,605
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/zigman2/quotes/207137172/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 72.22
-1.66 -2.25%
Volume: 659,202
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
18.13
Dividend Yield
4.23%
Market Cap
$24.71 billion
Rev. per Employee
$805,710
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/zigman2/quotes/207737284/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 183.63
-4.18 -2.23%
Volume: 503,842
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
1.63%
Market Cap
$36.21 billion
Rev. per Employee
$842,260
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/zigman2/quotes/206853976/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 77.15
-0.81 -1.04%
Volume: 1.99M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
123.42
Dividend Yield
4.88%
Market Cap
$65.50 billion
Rev. per Employee
$631,737
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/zigman2/quotes/204614427/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 17.31
-0.95 -5.23%
Volume: 1.03M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$955.78 million
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/201854387/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 6.26
-0.50 -7.40%
Volume: 14.61M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:49p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$2.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
$197,992
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/zigman2/quotes/208927761/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 747.67
-4.40 -0.59%
Volume: 134,641
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
129.61
Dividend Yield
1.42%
Market Cap
$66.60 billion
Rev. per Employee
$643,674
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/zigman2/quotes/203490767/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 101.08
-2.05 -1.99%
Volume: 467,758
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
29.58
Dividend Yield
2.01%
Market Cap
$13.90 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.09M
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/zigman2/quotes/200558509/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 273.70
-3.23 -1.16%
Volume: 785,659
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
37.82
Dividend Yield
2.05%
Market Cap
$135.59 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.15M
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/zigman2/quotes/203755179/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 8.67
-0.80 -8.46%
Volume: 4.82M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:47p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$617.08 million
Rev. per Employee
$416,709
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/zigman2/quotes/201249319/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 76.51
-3.40 -4.25%
Volume: 280,719
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
26.04
Dividend Yield
3.57%
Market Cap
$10.95 billion
Rev. per Employee
$848,083
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/zigman2/quotes/200626850/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 66.12
-0.78 -1.17%
Volume: 679,759
Sept. 21, 2020 12:49p
P/E Ratio
24.80
Dividend Yield
2.60%
Market Cap
$35.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.04M
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/zigman2/quotes/200090237/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 76.23
-0.63 -0.82%
Volume: 628,642
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
22.34
Dividend Yield
2.59%
Market Cap
$18.99 billion
Rev. per Employee
$711,813
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/zigman2/quotes/203712248/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 84.55
-3.48 -3.95%
Volume: 948,746
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
22.63
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$20.89 billion
Rev. per Employee
$129,604
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/zigman2/quotes/210414114/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 21.58
-1.82 -7.78%
Volume: 4.04M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$3.69 billion
Rev. per Employee
$156,814
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/zigman2/quotes/205979971/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 93.44
-2.34 -2.44%
Volume: 341,512
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
28.29
Dividend Yield
1.82%
Market Cap
$30.51 billion
Rev. per Employee
$278,883
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/zigman2/quotes/207419035/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 94.39
-0.48 -0.51%
Volume: 286,393
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
25.49
Dividend Yield
2.68%
Market Cap
$29.93 billion
Rev. per Employee
$974,803
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/zigman2/quotes/205982254/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 34.54
-0.53 -1.51%
Volume: 2.55M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
12.74
Dividend Yield
4.42%
Market Cap
$34.18 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/205356474/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 63.44
-1.27 -1.96%
Volume: 4.14M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
13.30
Dividend Yield
1.57%
Market Cap
$51.97 billion
Rev. per Employee
$300,083
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/zigman2/quotes/208895754/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 38.63
-1.21 -3.04%
Volume: 4.72M
Sept. 21, 2020 12:49p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
8.89%
Market Cap
$74.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.36M
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/zigman2/quotes/209852159/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 59.85
-1.25 -2.05%
Volume: 665,634
Sept. 21, 2020 12:48p
P/E Ratio
22.72
Dividend Yield
2.72%
Market Cap
$17.49 billion
Rev. per Employee
$796,870
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Mark DeCambre is MarketWatch's markets editor. He is based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @mdecambre.

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