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The Market During President Obama's Time in Office

Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 3:25 PM ET
US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address
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US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address

Ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union speech, CNBC.com compiled a summary of market performance since President Barack Obama was elected on Nov. 4, 2008, and since he was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009.

The NASDAQ Composite posted the largest percent increase among the major equity indices, up 56 percent from the time Obama was elected.

Midcap stocks are also up significantly, with gains north of 60 percent in the past three years.

During the period, gold prices rose more than 80 percent, while the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note has dropped from 3.719 in November 2008 to 2.064 today.

The US Dollar Index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of currencies, is down about 6 percent since November 2008. Within the index, the yen's safe-haven status has helped the Japanese currency appreciate about 22 percent against the U.S. dollar in that period.

According to figures by the U.S. Treasury, total outstanding debt has increased 43 percent since January 2009, up about $4.6 trillion.

Additionally, consumer discretionary stocks have taken the lead in the S&P 500, up 79 percent since Election Day 2008, followed by technology and material companies.

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