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AAA  Apr. 4, 2013
An uneven rise
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The Standard & Poor's 500 index returned to a record high last week, but it hasn't been an equal-opportunity recovery.

The market has been split between clear winners and losers since Oct. 9, 2007, when the S&P 500 last set a record high. Consumer and health-care stocks have led the way, particularly those that help people trim their budgets. has been the best stock in the index. It helps people find deals on travel, and its quarterly net income surged to $289 million last quarter from $33 million five years earlier.

On the losing side have been financial stocks, which were pummeled by the 2008 credit crisis. AIG, Citigroup, Bank of America and Hartford Financial Services all received bailout funds from the federal government, and their stocks are down 75 percent or more.

Associated Press
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