By the Numbers

Dow's Summer Dog


Question: Which is the worst-performing Dow component since the start of the summer rally?

The Dow is up 44% from its intraday low hit on March 6, 2009 and up 14.6% since the start of the summer rally on July 11.  Caterpillar leads the pack, up 54% since its close on July 10.  Bank of America and American Express come in second and third up 40.4% and 39.3% respectively.

Clue:  The components that have been below average include some of the consumer staples companies like Kraft Foods , Wal-Mart , and Coca-Cola up 9.8, 4.5% and 2.3% respectively since July 10.

Answer: McDonald's

Today, McDonald's Corporation marked the beginning of its 50th anniversary celebration by introducing its 50th anniversary restaurant design at an event at the "Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's" in downtown Chicago. This rendering of McDonald's one-of-a-kind futuristic restaurant design which will be built on its Chicago flagship site at 600 N. Clark Street is expected to open in April 2005. McDonald's founder Ray Kroc opened his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 15, 1955. (PRNewsfoot)

Not "lovin’ it": Shareholders are likely not "lovin’" this company’s stock performance since the summer rally started on July 11.

Despite reporting stronger-than-expected same-store sales yesterday, McDonald’s is the worst-performing stock in the Dow since the current summer rally began nearly one month ago.

While the Dow has rallied ~15%, shares of the fast food giant have significantly underperformed, falling 1.4% during the period. In fact, other than McDonald’s, only one other Dow component, Procter & Gamble has declined during the summer rally, down -0.1%.

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