Besides these highly visible sectors, small consumer stocks were extremely volatile. Consumer cyclicals for example fell -13.7% on average while Consumer non-cyclicals advanced just under 15%. Larger financial stocks offered investment opportunities for the intelligent investor. China Life Insurance (NYSE:LFC) advanced 14.2% in December 2014, lifting the rest of the sector. CNinsure (NASDAQ:CISG) advanced 7.5% at the same time.
Energy stocks were stuck in the middle in December rising a modest 2.0% on average. Falling oil prices took a toll on the sector however Petrochina Co. Ltd. (NYSE:PTR) managed to eke out a 3.2% gain. Yanzhou Coal (NYSE:YZC), China's third largest coal miner, rose 1.6%. But pure oil producer CNOOC Ltd. (NYSE:CEO) fell 5.7% in December. Sinopec (NYSE:SNP), China's largest oil refiner, slipped a mere 0.8% for the month.