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One Stock That is Winning and Losing at the Same Time?

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Market Trivia Question:
Which stock is both the sole gainer on the Dow Industrials since the market’s all-time high (set in October 2007) and the index’s worst performer since the market’s current low back in March? (The answer is at the end of the post.)

Happy 2-Month Anniversary to the Bulls!

Today marks the 2-month anniversary of the current “bull market” for both the Dow Industrials and S&P 500 . Back on March 6, the Dow hit a low (intraday) of 6,469.95, while the S&P 500 fell to 666.79 – and what a rally it has been since then!

During this time, financials have doubled, while other sectors like transports, industrials, materials, and retailers have soared more than 50%.

Despite the recent strength, the Dow Industrials and S&P 500 are still down over 40% from their all-time highs set back on October 9, 2007.

Take a look at the performance of the major indices and sectors since that March 6 market low and the October 2007 market high:

                               Since Markets’ March 6 Low     Since Markets’ All-Time High
Dow Industrials                     +30.2%                                -40.5%
Dow Transports                    +54.3%                                 -33.2%
Dow Utilities                         +19.5%                                -33.8%
S&P 500                              +36.0%                                 -42.1%
Nasdaq Composite                 +37.0%                                 -37.9%
Russell 2000                         +45.1%                                 -41.1%

S&P 500 Sectors                                              
Financials                            +104.3%                               -66.7%
Industrials                             +53.3%                               -47.5%
Materials                               +51.8%                               -39.8%
Consumer Discretionary            +51.1%                               -37.4%
Technology                            +36.2%                               -35.5%
Energy                                  +26.6%                               -34.6%
Telecom                                +22.0%                               -39.7%
Utilities                                  +19.5%                               -35.5%
Consumer Staples                    +14.8%                               -21.1%
Healthcare                             +13.8%                                -32.3%
                                            
Other Major Sector Indices                                            
Banks                                   +114.9%                               -65.4%
Cyclicals                               +103.2%                               -48.0%
Brokers                                   +72.0%                              -61.1%
Insurance                                +71.8%                              -68.3%
Housing                                   +71.4%                              -45.4%
REITs                                      +60.7%                              -59.2%
Oil Services                              +57.8%                              -43.4%
Healthcare                                +52.8%                             -48.3%
Airlines                                    +50.6%                              -59.8%
Retailers                                   +50.6%                             -31.7%
Defense                                    +45.5%                             -38.3%
Natural Gas Stocks                      +45.3%                             -20.5%
Semis                                       +39.6%                              -46.3%
Consumer                                  +31.1%                              -26.6%
Oil Stocks                                  +23.8%                              -35.3%
Gold Stocks                                +11.4%                               -7.2%
Drugs                                        +11.2%                              -32.2%
Biotech                                      +10.9%                              -26.3%

Market Trivia Answer - So which is the one company on the Dow that has both out- and under performed its peers? 

With a gain of 10%, Wal-Mart is the only member of the Dow that is up since October 2007. However, it is also the worst performing Dow 30 stock since the market’s current March 6 bottom, posting a meager 3% gain since then.

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