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US Indices on Track for Worst Weekly Decline Since August

US stocks are on track to finish the week with their worst weekly percent decline since August, down 2 percent or more. For the month and for the year, however, they continue to be in positive territory.

Here is a breakdown of the stock market performance this week, month and year.

Worst Weekly Percent Decline Since

  • The Dow is on track for worst weekly percent decline since 8/13/10 when it fell -3.29%
  • The S&P is on track for its worst weekly percent decline since 8/13/10 when it fell -3.78%
  • The NASDAQ Composite is on track for its worst weekly percent decline since 8/13/10 when it fell -5.02%
  • The Russell 2000 is on track for its worst weekly percent decline since 1/21/11 when it fell -4.25%

Up/Down Weeks in 2011

  • The Dow has been up 6 out of the last 8 trading weeks (Only down on 1/28 & this week)
  • The S&P has been up 5 out of the last 8 trading weeks (Only down on 1/21, 1/28 & this week)
  • The NASDAQ has been up 5 out of the last 8 trading weeks (Only down on 1/21, 1/28 & this week)
  • The Russell 2000 has been up 6 out of the last 8 trading weeks (Only down on 1/21 & this week)

In the Last 52-Weeks

  • The Dow has been up 35 out of the last 52 weeks or 67% of the time
  • The S&P has been up 34 out of the last 52 weeks or 65% of the time
  • The NASDAQ has been up 35 out of the last 52 weeks or 67% of the time
  • The Russell 2000 has been up 36 out of the last 52 weeks or 68% of the time

February Statistics

  • The Dow is currently up 1.8% month-to-date (MTD), on track for its third consecutive month of gains
  • The S&P is currently up 2.2% MTD, on track for its third consecutive month of gains
  • The NASDAQ is currently up 2.4% MTD, on track for its third consecutive month of gains
  • The Russell 2000 is currently up 3.6% MTD, on track for its first monthly increase since 12/31/10

Historically and on average, February ranks as the second worst month for the Dow and S&P, and third worst month for the NASDAQ.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • The Dow is on track for its best February since 2010 when it gained 2.56% (The Dow is up for its second consecutive February of gains)
  • On average, the Dow has declined -0.3% during February, up 50% of the time
  • The best February was in 1931 when it increased 12.4%, and the worst was in 1933 when it fell -15.6%

S&P 500

  • The S&P is on track for its best February since 2010 when it gained 2.85% (The S&P is up for its second consecutive February)
  • On average, the S&P has declined -0.25% during February, up 51% of the time
  • The best February was in 1931 when it increased 11.37%, and the worst was in 1933 when it fell -18.4%

NASDAQ Composite

  • The NASDAQ is on track for its best February since 2010 when it gained 4.2% (The NASDAQ is up for its second consecutive February)
  • On average, the NASDAQ has gained 0.21% during February, up 49% of the time
  • The Best February was in 2000 when it increased 19.2%, and the worst was in 2001 when it fell -22.4%

Russell 2000

  • The Russell 2000 is on track for its best February since 2010 when it gained 4.4% (The Russell is up for its second consecutive February)
  • On average, the Russell has gained 0.86% during February, up 53% of the time
  • The best February was in 2000 when it increased 16.4%, and the worst was in 2009 when it fell -12.3%

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