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Gun Maker's Stock Soars More Than 700% Since Obama's Inauguration in 2009

By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | December 18, 2012 | 9:11am EST

Since President Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009, the share price of firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company has increased more than 700 percent.

At the close of business on the day of Obama's inauguration, the price of Ruger stock (Ticker: RGR) was $5.48 per share.  At the end of the trading day on December 17, 2012, the price of the stock closed at $44.00 per share; an increase of 703 percent in less than four years.

But, Ruger isn't the only gun manufacturer that has seen an explosion in its stock value.  Smith & Wesson shares (Ticker: SWHC) have increased 253 percent since Obama moved into the White House.

The price of SWHC was $2.45 per share when Obama was sworn in; it closed at $8.65 per share today, December 17, 2012.

When measuring the performance of Ruger's shares to that of the S&P 500, a stock market index based on the share prices of 500 publicly traded companies, the gains made by the firearms manufacturer are astounding.

The S&P 500 Index closed at 805.22 on the day Barack Obama took office.  Today, the Index closed at 1,430.36; an increase of 78 percent.

This means that the price of Ruger stock increased more than 9X that of the broader market index.

Sturm, Ruger & Company trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Smith & Wesson trades on the NASDAQ Index.

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