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Energy stocks rebound, helping the S&P 500 generate a gain in April

The U.S. benchmark S&P 500 Index eked out a 1% gain in April, helped by the rebounding energy sector. Returns would have been higher had technology stocks, including Apple AAPL, -1.15% and Netflix NFLX, -0.28% not tanked on weak earnings reports.

Here’s how the 10 sectors of the S&P 500 SPX, -0.51% performed, along with longer total returns that include reinvested dividends:

S&P 500 sector Total return - month-to-date through April 28 Total return - 2016 Total return - 2015 Total return - 3 years Total return - 5 years
Energy 9% 13% -21% -4% -3%
Materials 6% 9% -8% 30% 31%
Health Care 4% -1% 7% 56% 121%
Financials 4% -1% -2% 34% 57%
Industrials 1% 6% -3% 47% 65%
Consumer Discretionary 0% 1% 10% 52% 111%
Consumer Staples -1% 4% 7% 38% 91%
Telecommunications Services -2% 14% 3% 17% 59%
Utilities -3% 12% -5% 32% 77%
Information Technology -5% -2% 6% 56% 77%
S&P 500 1% 2% 1% 40% 70%
Source: FactSet

Here are the 20 S&P 500 stocks with the highest total returns this month, through April 28:

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Company Ticker Industry Total return - month-to-date through April 28 Total return - 2016 Total return - 2015
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CHK, +1.33% Oil and Gas Production 65% 51% -77%
Southwestern Energy Co. SWN, +5.09% Medical Specialties 58% 80% -74%
St. Jude Medical Inc. STJ, -2.04% Oil and Gas Production 41% 27% -3%
Murphy Oil Corp. MUR, +0.96% Oil and Gas Production 41% 61% -54%
Devon Energy Corp. DVN, -3.96% Oil and Gas Production 32% 14% -47%
Marathon Oil Corp. MRO, -1.81% Oil and Gas Production 29% 15% -54%
Range Resources Corp. RRC, +8.25% Oil and Gas Production 26% 66% -54%
Newmont Mining Corp. NEM, +6.00% Precious Metals 24% 84% -4%
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. FCX, +10.58% Precious Metals 22% 87% -70%
Williams Cos. Inc. WMB, -1.27% Oil and Gas Production 22% -21% -39%
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. EW, -0.97% Medical Specialties 22% 36% 24%
Transocean Ltd. RIG, -0.18% Contract Drilling 21% -10% -28%
ONEOK Inc. OKE, +1.66% Oil and Gas Pipelines 21% 50% -47%
Regions Financial Corp. RF, -0.42% Major Banks 20% -1% -7%
Comerica Inc. CMA, -1.18% Major Banks 19% 8% -9%

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