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With Help From Rupert Murdoch, The Occupy Wall Street Index Outperforms the S&P 500


On the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, it's time to look back at how our index has performed.


MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL A year ago today, Occupy Wall Street hit New York City to make a statement on a litany of modern economic issues, ranging from income inequality to student loans to organized labor.

Less than a month later, we created The Occupy Wall Street Index to track the performance of the companies that the self-proclaimed 99% love to hate. (See: The Occupy Wall Street Index: 9 Companies the 99% Loves to Hate.)

The goal was to take an admittedly non-scientific look at whether companies that behave badly reward investors.

The Index consisted of nine companies, some of which were being directly targeted by the protestors, like JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA), and General Electric (NYSE:GE).

We also took a look at companies representing issues the Occupy Wall Street movement cares about. We selected McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) for income inequality (according to the BLS, fast-food cook is the worst-paying job in America), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) for organized labor, and SLM Corp. (NASDAQ:SLM) for student loans.

The index was rounded out by serial polluter BP (NYSE:BP) and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).

So what happened?
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