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Dow performance for the first half of the year.  How does 2008 stack up historically?

There are 42 instances where there was negative performance for the Dow during the first of the half year (Q1 + Q2) back to 1900.

  • The worst first half year performance for the Dow was in 1932, one of the worst years of the Depression, when the Dow fell -45.01% from December 31, 1931 - June 30, 1932.
  • 2008 is currently tracking as the 10th worst first half year performance for the Dow with a decline of -14.46% YTD as of Friday's close (7/27).

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