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November a good month for Iowa stocks


Sixteen of 20 Iowa-based companies posted stock price gains for the month of November. Four companies posted losses. 

The top five stocks that posted gains were Heartland Express Inc. with at 6.79%; Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., 4.95%, Principal Financial Group Inc., 3.03%; American Equity Investment Life Holding, 3%; and NewLink Genetics Corp., 2.7%.

The four companies that were down in November were KemPharm Inc. with a 16.36% loss, Casey’s General Stores Inc. at minus 3.04%, Flexsteel Industries Inc. at minus 2.23% and MidWest One Financial Group Inc. at minus 0.95%.

The Iowa Index, an unweighted average price of 20 Iowa-based public companies, increased 0.40% from October and was up 0.71% on a year-over-year basis. 

By comparison, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.09% during the month and increased 6% from a year ago. The Nasdaq composite lost 0.19% during the month and increased 12.91% from a year ago

The Iowa-based companies that make up the Iowa Index are in bold in this list of companies with sizable operations in the state.

See the full Iowa Index

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