Hypermarkets: Wal-Mart Leads the Way

S&P says the group has strong stock-price momentum and favorable fundamentals. Its top pick: Wal-Mart

Quick: Guess which two subindustry indexes in the Standard & Poor's Composite 1500 index have actually risen during this bear market? Correct, Brewers and HyperMarkets! The S&P 1500 HyperMarkets& Super Centers subindustry index, in which Wal-Mart (WMT) is found, has been on the High Momentum List for quite a few months. Its trailing 12-month price performances have been in the top 10% of all subindustries in the S&P Composite 1500 Index (consisting of the S&P 500, MidCap 400. and SmallCap 600 Indices). From Oct. 9, 2007 through Oct. 16, 2008, this sub-industry index was up 6.8%, vs. a 42.1% decline for the S&P 1500.

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