Stocks That Soared Out of the Gate

The stock-market horse race of 2013 is under way. Of the 500 horses wearing the colors of the Standard & Poor's 500, the quickest start was by U.S. Steel (X), which rose 8.5% on the first trading day of the year. Galloping in second place was Lam Research (LRCX), up 7.2%. In third was MetLife (MET), up 6.7%.

Stumbling out of the gate were a pair of coal companies, Consol Energy (CNX), down 3.4%, and Peabody Energy (BTU), down 2.9%. Also trailing the field was Dollar General (DG), which slipped 2.6%....367 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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