Why Stocks Made So Many Investors Rich in 2013

The market has risen sharply so far in 2013, with the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) up more than 25% since January. But there's one thing that truly sets this market apart from other high-return years in the past.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, examines how broad the stock market's rally is. As of late November, 458 of the S&P's 500 stocks were up, something that hasn't happened since 2003, according to figures from S&P Dow Jones Indices. Dan notes that that's a big departure from the late 1990s, when tech stocks soared but many old-economy stocks lagged behind.

Dan notes that by contrast, in today's market, most of the losing stocks are due to company- or industry-specific problems. He discusses why Mosaic (NYSE: MOS  ) , Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF  ) , and Exelon (NYSE: EXC  ) have struggled in 2013, and concludes with some views on whether the overall market's positive performance is likely to continue.

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  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 3:44 AM, yaovk wrote:

    There are no other avenues to make money except to park it in the stock market where it is rigged. The rich just swoops up the bulk of the winning and the rest just make their little shares in line with the S&P 500, and, if you are lucky, better than the S&P.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 8:45 AM, PeteH66 wrote:

    Here are two avenues to make money: work, or invent a product or service that other people want to buy. Investing with that kind of cynicism is like driving with the parking brake on -- you might get where you're going, but it'll be slower, and something's gonna smell funny the whole way.

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2013, at 6:10 AM, bourse wrote:

    Great information! This broad market rally is a very bullish sign for the economy!

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