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6 Top S&P 500 Stocks in October

The S&P 500 index added 8.3% in October, a welcome return to the upside following a dip in August that left the index down about 7.5% for the third quarter. The index is now up slightly since the beginning of July, but up just 1% year-to-date.

In October, six stocks posted gains of more than 30% to lead the index to the monthly gain. The top two gainers both announced in October that they are being acquired.

6. TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted a monthly gain of 30.6% and closed October up 3.5% Friday at $83.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $62.24 to $94.00 and the high was posted in late July. The stock soared on October 13th with the announcement of a strategic partnership between TripAdvisor and The consensus price target on the stock is $83.91.

5. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD) added 35.3% to its share price...