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Which 7 stocks tend to blast the competition in the 4th quarter

Terrified of owning stocks now? You're not alone, as stocks just suffered their worst quarter since 2011. But investors willing to hang in there can still find ways to win in the final three months of the year.

There are seven stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500, including cruise-line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), energy firm Tesoro (TSO) and media company Yahoo (YHOO), that have turned on the jets in the last quarter of the year. Each of these stocks has beaten the S&P 500 in the fourth quarter each of the past five years and has delivered average fourth-quarter gains of 19.1% or greater, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ.

Don't think beating the market in the fourth quarter is an easy hurdle, either. The S&P 500 has actually performed very well in the fourth quarter the past five years — gaining an average of 6.9%. The S&P 500 has gained every fourth quarter going back five years with the exception of the 2012, when it declined 1%.

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