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Philip van Doorn

April 1, 2020, 6:37 a.m. EDT

Only one stock in the Dow rose during the first quarter — and it was up by only one penny

January through March was the worst quarter for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1987

By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch


Bloomberg
Wall Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange was quiet March 30 — all floor trading was suspended because of the coronavirus.

A decline in stocks Tuesday cemented the worst quarter for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1987. A table below shows how all 30 components performed from January through March.

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA)  fell 410 points (or 1.8%) to close at 21,917.16. The venerable index was down 23.2% for the first quarter, the biggest decline since the fourth quarter of 1987, when Black Monday (Oct. 19) occurred.

The only Dow stock that rose during the first quarter was Microsoft (NAS:MSFT) , which closed at $157.71 on March 31, up a penny from $157.70 on Dec. 31. (All performance figures in this article exclude dividends.)

The S&P 500 Index (S&P:SPX)  dropped 1.6% on Tuesday for a first-quarter decline of 20%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index (AMERICAN:COMP)  decreased 1% on Tuesday for a first-quarter decline of 14.2%.

Sectors

All 11 sectors of the S&P 500 were down significantly during the first quarter:

S&P 500 sector Price change - first quarter, 2020 Price change - 2019
Energy -51.1% 7.6%
Financials -32.3% 29.2%
Industrials -27.4% 26.8%
Materials -26.6% 21.9%
Real Estate -19.8% 24.9%
Consumer Discretionary -19.6% 26.2%
Communication Services -17.2% 30.9%
Utilities -14.2% 22.2%
Consumer Staples -13.4% 24.0%
Health Care -13.1% 18.7%
Information Technology -12.2% 48.0%
Source: FactSet

Dow 30

Company Ticker Price change - first quarter, 2020 Price change - 2019
Boeing Co. (NYS:BA)   -54.2% 1.0%
Dow Inc. (NYS:DOW)   -46.6% N/A
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYS:XOM)   -45.6% 2.3%
Chevron Corp. (NYS:CVX)   -39.9% 10.8%
United Technologies Corp.   -37.0% 40.6%
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYS:JPM)   -35.4% 42.8%
Walt Disney Co. (NYS:DIS)   -33.2% 31.9%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYS:GS)   -32.8% 37.6%
American Express Co. (NYS:AXP)   -31.2% 30.6%
Travelers Cos. Inc. (NYS:TRV)   -27.5% 14.4%
3M Co. (NYS:MMM)   -22.6% -7.4%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NAS:WBA)   -22.4% -13.7%
Caterpillar Inc. (NYS:CAT)   -21.4% 16.2%
Coca-Cola Co. (NYS:KO)   -20.1% 16.9%
Nike Inc. Class B (NYS:NKE)   -18.3% 36.6%
Cisco Systems Inc. (NAS:CSCO)   -18.0% 10.7%
International Business Machines Corp. (NYS:IBM)   -17.2% 17.9%
Pfizer Inc. (NYS:PFE)   -16.7% -10.2%
McDonald's Corp. (NYS:MCD)   -16.3% 11.3%
Merck & Co. Inc. (NYS:MRK)   -15.4% 19.0%
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYS:UNH)   -15.2% 18.0%
Home Depot Inc. (NYS:HD)   -14.5% 27.1%
Visa Inc. Class A (NYS:V)   -14.3% 42.4%
Apple Inc. (NAS:AAPL)   -13.4% 86.2%
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYS:VZ)   -12.5% 9.2%
Procter & Gamble Co. (NYS:PG)   -11.9% 35.9%
Johnson & Johnson (NYS:JNJ)   -10.1% 13.0%
Intel Corp. (NAS:INTC)   -9.6% 27.5%
Walmart Inc. (NYS:WMT)   -4.4% 27.6%
Microsoft Corp. (NAS:MSFT)   0.0% 55.3%
Source: FactSet

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