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June 20, 2020, 8:45 p.m. EDT

Here are the best and worst stocks during the first 100 days of the coronavirus pandemic

The information-technology and consumer-discretionary sectors were the top performers

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By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch


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Shares of MercadoLibre rose 56% from the close on March 10 through June 17. The stock was up 64% for 2020.

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic March 11, the U.S. has suffered more than 100,000 deaths from the deadly virus, the economy was shuttered and then slowly reopened, and the investing markets produced record volatility.

U.S. stocks hit their peak the previous month, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average registering an all-time closing high Feb. 12, and the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq Composite Index following suit Feb. 19.

June 19 will mark 100 days since the WHO’s declaration. Since March 10, a day earlier, the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.68%  rose 4.4% through the close June 17. The S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.01%  has risen 8%, and the Nasdaq /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +1.04%  has soared 18.8%. (Price changes in this article exclude dividends.)

Sectors

Among the 11 sectors of the S&P 500, information technology has been the clear winner during the pandemic:

S&P 500 sector Price change - March 10 through June 17 Price change - 2020 Price change - 2019
Information Technology 17.2% 11.6% 48.0%
Consumer Discretionary 16.6% 6.1% 26.2%
Materials 11.7% -8.6% 21.9%
Energy 11.4% -34.7% 7.6%
Communication Services 11.2% 1.4% 30.9%
Health Care 5.0% -2.1% 18.7%
Industrials 1.9% -13.9% 26.8%
Financials 0.1% -21.8% 29.2%
Consumer Staples -2.5% -6.2% 24.0%
Real Estate -3.9% -7.1% 24.9%
Utilities -7.6% -9.2% 22.2%
Source: FactSet

Oil’s big bounce

The good showing for the energy sector since the March 10 pandemic declaration reflects the partial recovery of oil prices as the U.S. economy has begun to reopen. The oil recovery has been helped by OPEC+ producers’ agreement June 6 to extend production cuts until the end of July.

Here’s a chart showing continuous quotes for West Texas crude oil /zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed CL00 -0.75%  during 2020:


FactSet

The continuous quoted WTI price declined 2% on Wednesday to $37.76, which was 10% higher than the price of $34.36 on March 10. However, the quote was still down 38% from the end of 2019.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Here’s how all 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average have performed since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic:

Company Ticker Price change - March 10 through June 17 Price change - 2020 Price change - 2019
Dow Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203121064/composite DOW   31.1% -24.8% N/A
Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL   23.2% 19.7% 86.2%
Microsoft Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT   20.7% 23.2% 55.3%
Caterpillar Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite CAT   20.4% -13.2% 16.2%
Cisco Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209509471/composite CSCO   15.2% -3.7% 10.7%
Intel Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203649727/composite INTC   12.1% 1.1% 27.5%
Nike Inc. Class B /zigman2/quotes/203439053/composite NKE   12.4% -2.1% 36.6%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite GS   11.8% -10.3% 37.6%
Home Depot Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD   11.1% 14.9% 27.1%
Chevron Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205871374/composite CVX   7.7% -24.0% 10.8%
Exxon Mobil Corp. /zigman2/quotes/204455864/composite XOM   7.4% -33.2% 2.3%
Visa Inc. Class A /zigman2/quotes/203660239/composite V   6.0% 3.0% 42.4%
Walt Disney Co. /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS   5.6% -18.7% 31.9%
UnitedHealth Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH   4.5% -0.5% 18.0%
3M Co. /zigman2/quotes/205029460/composite MMM   3.9% -9.7% -7.4%
Johnson & Johnson /zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite JNJ   1.7% -1.3% 13.0%
American Express Co. /zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite AXP   0.6% -16.5% 30.6%
Verizon Communications Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite VZ   0.2% -7.7% 9.2%
International Business Machines Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203856914/composite IBM   -0.5% -7.4% 17.9%
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. /zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite JPM   -1.2% -28.6% 42.8%
Walmart Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT   -0.6% 0.2% 27.6%
Procter & Gamble Co. /zigman2/quotes/202894679/composite PG   -2.2% -5.6% 35.9%
Pfizer Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202877789/composite PFE   -3.0% -14.3% -10.2%
Travelers Companies Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206313935/composite TRV   -4.0% -16.2% 14.4%
McDonald's Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203508018/composite MCD   -4.5% -3.5% 11.3%
Raytheon Technologies Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203237915/composite RTX   -5.0% -24.3% 40.6%
Merck & Co. Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite MRK   -7.0% -16.1% 19.0%
Coca-Cola Co. /zigman2/quotes/209159848/composite KO   -13.2% -15.8% 16.9%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203410933/composite WBA   -14.3% -28.5% -13.7%
Boeing Co. /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA   -16.7% -40.9% 1.0%
Source: FactSet

Scroll the table to see all the data. Click on the tickers for more about each company.

/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
35,061.55
+238.20 +0.68%
Volume: 315.06M
July 23, 2021 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
4,411.79
+44.31 +1.01%
Volume: 1.78B
July 23, 2021 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : Nasdaq
14,836.99
+152.39 +1.04%
Volume: 3.50M
July 23, 2021 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 71.53
-0.54 -0.75%
Volume: 134,485
July 26, 2021 9:15a
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/zigman2/quotes/203121064/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 60.11
-0.37 -0.61%
Volume: 4.69M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
11.04
Dividend Yield
4.66%
Market Cap
$44.83 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 148.56
+1.76 +1.20%
Volume: 71.45M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
33.34
Dividend Yield
0.59%
Market Cap
$2479.11 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.86M
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/zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 289.67
+3.53 +1.23%
Volume: 22.77M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
39.42
Dividend Yield
0.77%
Market Cap
$2181.67 billion
Rev. per Employee
$877,393
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/zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 209.53
+0.37 +0.18%
Volume: 2.30M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
33.48
Dividend Yield
2.12%
Market Cap
$114.78 billion
Rev. per Employee
$429,044
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/zigman2/quotes/209509471/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 55.23
+0.69 +1.27%
Volume: 13.04M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
22.92
Dividend Yield
2.68%
Market Cap
$232.75 billion
Rev. per Employee
$636,155
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/zigman2/quotes/203649727/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 53.00
-2.96 -5.29%
Volume: 67.74M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
11.79
Dividend Yield
2.62%
Market Cap
$215.02 billion
Rev. per Employee
$704,042
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/zigman2/quotes/203439053/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 166.36
+2.68 +1.64%
Volume: 4.22M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
46.72
Dividend Yield
0.66%
Market Cap
$263.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
$606,999
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/zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 374.05
+1.34 +0.36%
Volume: 1.71M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
6.84
Dividend Yield
2.14%
Market Cap
$127.09 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.31M
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/zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 332.84
+6.18 +1.89%
Volume: 2.79M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
24.27
Dividend Yield
1.98%
Market Cap
$353.89 billion
Rev. per Employee
$261,708
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/zigman2/quotes/205871374/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 98.86
+0.04 +0.04%
Volume: 7.57M
July 23, 2021 4:03p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
5.42%
Market Cap
$191.07 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/204455864/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 57.04
-0.07 -0.12%
Volume: 14.09M
July 23, 2021 4:04p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
6.10%
Market Cap
$241.48 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.47M
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/zigman2/quotes/203660239/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 249.02
+4.88 +2.00%
Volume: 6.77M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
53.06
Dividend Yield
0.51%
Market Cap
$531.11 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.07M
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/zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 176.14
+1.01 +0.58%
Volume: 5.13M
July 23, 2021 4:04p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$320.03 billion
Rev. per Employee
$320,813
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/zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 417.70
+1.93 +0.46%
Volume: 1.61M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
27.59
Dividend Yield
1.39%
Market Cap
$394.18 billion
Rev. per Employee
$779,215
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/zigman2/quotes/205029460/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 200.49
+1.42 +0.71%
Volume: 1.57M
July 23, 2021 4:03p
P/E Ratio
20.47
Dividend Yield
2.95%
Market Cap
$116.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
$338,825
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/zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 171.79
+1.81 +1.06%
Volume: 5.02M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
25.83
Dividend Yield
2.47%
Market Cap
$452.39 billion
Rev. per Employee
$613,918
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/zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 173.18
+2.28 +1.33%
Volume: 6.33M
July 23, 2021 4:02p
P/E Ratio
20.13
Dividend Yield
0.99%
Market Cap
$137.58 billion
Rev. per Employee
$599,451
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/zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 55.88
-0.07 -0.13%
Volume: 14.89M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
11.58
Dividend Yield
4.49%
Market Cap
$231.34 billion
Rev. per Employee
$970,439
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/zigman2/quotes/203856914/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 141.34
+0.63 +0.45%
Volume: 4.47M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
23.83
Dividend Yield
4.64%
Market Cap
$126.29 billion
Rev. per Employee
$196,163
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/zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 150.64
-0.29 -0.19%
Volume: 9.67M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
10.05
Dividend Yield
2.39%
Market Cap
$456.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$492,730
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/zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 142.43
+1.16 +0.82%
Volume: 5.32M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
33.11
Dividend Yield
1.54%
Market Cap
$399.11 billion
Rev. per Employee
$243,109
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/zigman2/quotes/202894679/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 139.79
+1.99 +1.44%
Volume: 7.91M
July 23, 2021 4:02p
P/E Ratio
25.71
Dividend Yield
2.49%
Market Cap
$342.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$716,667
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/zigman2/quotes/202877789/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 41.68
+0.21 +0.51%
Volume: 21.61M
July 23, 2021 4:02p
P/E Ratio
21.21
Dividend Yield
3.74%
Market Cap
$233.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
$533,860
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/zigman2/quotes/206313935/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 147.87
+0.11 +0.07%
Volume: 1.18M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
9.93
Dividend Yield
2.38%
Market Cap
$36.89 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.05M
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/zigman2/quotes/203508018/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 242.96
+4.29 +1.80%
Volume: 4.00M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
35.33
Dividend Yield
2.12%
Market Cap
$181.29 billion
Rev. per Employee
$96,039
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/zigman2/quotes/203237915/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 85.81
-0.01 -0.01%
Volume: 2.61M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
2.38%
Market Cap
$130.01 billion
Rev. per Employee
$313,088
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/zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 77.54
+1.01 +1.32%
Volume: 6.56M
July 23, 2021 4:02p
P/E Ratio
28.03
Dividend Yield
3.35%
Market Cap
$196.34 billion
Rev. per Employee
$648,824
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/zigman2/quotes/209159848/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 57.01
+0.54 +0.96%
Volume: 12.14M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
34.16
Dividend Yield
2.95%
Market Cap
$246.28 billion
Rev. per Employee
$411,320
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/zigman2/quotes/203410933/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 46.53
+0.04 +0.09%
Volume: 3.74M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
17.62
Dividend Yield
4.10%
Market Cap
$40.25 billion
Rev. per Employee
$421,562
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/zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 221.52
+0.65 +0.29%
Volume: 9.38M
July 23, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$129.55 billion
Rev. per Employee
$412,489
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