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By Yuval Rosenberg

The books are closed on 2012, and despite election-year uncertainties, a slowdown in corporate earnings, continuing economic woes in Europe and unresolved fiscal cliff squabbling in Washington, the stock market managed to deliver a more than respectable return. The S&P 500 gained more than 13% on the year, even as investors swung repeatedly between "risk on" and "risk off" modes that had them alternately seeking to boost gains or find safety amid global volatility.

Here, in the third installment in our series on 2012 winners and losers, a rundown of some key stock market moves for the year.

13.4% -- gain on the year for the S&P 500 ($INX)

16% -- total return, including dividends, for the S&P 500 in 2012

7.3% -- gain on the year for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU)

15.9% -- gain on the year for the Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX)

14.6 -- gain on the year for the Russell 2000 Index ($RUT) of small-cap stocks

$2.1 trillion -- paper gains made by investors on the year, according to Wilshire Associates calculations reported by USA Today

295% -- gain on the year for the Venezuelan stock exchange, the highest of any global market

187.80% -- gain on the year for shares of homebuilder PulteGroup (PHM), the best of any stock in the S&P 500 index

108.63% -- gain on the year for Bank of America (BAC), the best of any stock in the Dow Jones industrial average

61.17% -- loss on the year for the for-profit education company Apollo Group (APOL), the worst of any stock in the S&P 500

44.68% -- loss on the year for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the worst of any stock in the Dow Jones industrial average

Yuval Rosenberg is a Business+Economy editor at The Fiscal Times. Subscribe to The Fiscal Times' FREE newsletter.

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