After 150 days of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the best- and worst-performing stocks

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Last Friday was the 150th day since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. During that period of unprecedented volatility, stocks extended gains.

The S&P 500 Index US:SPX rose 16.3%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average US:DJIA was up 9.7%, the Nasdaq Composite Index US:COMP jumped 32% and the Nasdaq-100 Index US:NDX added 33.1%.

The best and worst performers in those indexes are listed below.

Sectors — tech still rides high

At 100 days on June 17, the best-performing sector of the S&P 500 was information technology, and even the beleaguered energy sector was up 11.7% because of the recovery in the price of oil. Here’s how the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 performed during the first 150 days of the pandemic:

S&P 500 SECTORPRICE CHANGE – MARCH 10 THROUGH AUG. 7PRICE CHANGE – 2020
Information Technology30.2%24.1%
Consumer Discretionary30.0%18.4%
Materials22.8%0.6%
Communication Services19.2%8.7%
Health Care11.9%4.3%
Industrials9.2%-7.7%
Energy4.9%-38.5%
Consumer Staples4.7%0.7%
Financials3.2%-19.4%
Real Estate-2.7%-5.8%
Utilities-3.3%-4.9%
Source: FactSet

The information technology sector has been the strongest during the pandemic and for all of 2020 so far, but the consumer discretionary sector (which includes Amazon.com US:AMZN, up 67% during the pandemic and up 71% for 2020) is close behind. The energy sector has pulled back from its level at the end of the pandemic’s first 100 days, even though the price of oil has risen another 10% since June 17. The year-to-date chart of continuous quotes for West Texas crude US:CL00 for 2020 remains ugly:

FACTSET

S&P 500 winners

Among the S&P 500, 341 stocks rose between March 10 and Aug. 7. Here are the 20 strongest performers during the first 150 days of the pandemic:

COMPANYTICKERPRICE CHANGE – MARCH 10 THROUGH AUG. 7PRICE CHANGE – 2020
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.US:WST90.6%82.0%
Abiomed Inc.US:ABMD88.7%82.2%
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.US:AMD87.0%85.0%
PayPal Holdings Inc.US:PYPL81.0%83.6%
Cadence Design Systems Inc.US:CDNS72.5%56.5%
Halliburton Co.US:HAL71.9%-39.1%
Nvidia Corp.US:NVDA71.6%90.4%
Tractor Supply Co.US:TSCO70.3%58.5%
United Parcel Service Inc. Class BUS:UPS69.0%34.0%
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.US:CMG68.4%41.0%
Amazon.com Inc.US:AMZN67.4%71.4%
United Rentals Inc.US:URI61.6%4.1%
DexCom Inc.US:DXCM57.9%101.5%
Apple Inc.US:AAPL55.8%51.4%
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.US:FCX55.1%6.4%
eBay Inc.US:EBAY53.2%52.9%
FedEx Corp.US:FDX52.1%21.4%
PerkinElmer Inc.US:PKI51.2%22.9%
Skyworks Solutions Inc.US:SWKS50.7%19.4%
Facebook Inc. Class AUS:FB50.6%30.8%
Source: FactSet

S&P 500 losers

And here are the 20 worst-performing stocks among the S&P 500 for the periods:

COMPANYTICKERPRICE CHANGE – MARCH 10 THROUGH AUG. 7PRICE CHANGE – 2020
Coty Inc. Class AUS:COTY-50.1%-64.4%
Simon Property Group Inc.US:SPG-44.2%-58.3%
Xerox Holdings Corp.US:XRX-41.6%-54.5%
Carnival Corp.US:CCL-40.8%-72.0%
Delta Air Lines Inc.US:DAL-40.2%-53.5%
SL Green Realty Corp.US:SLG-35.1%-47.1%
United Airlines Holdings Inc.US:UAL-34.7%-61.0%
FirstEnergy Corp.US:FE-34.5%-39.4%
Federal Realty Investment TrustUS:FRT-33.6%-38.8%
Ralph Lauren Corp. Class AUS:RL-33.3%-43.7%
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.US:NCLH-31.8%-76.0%
Equity ResidentialUS:EQR-31.0%-31.8%
Boston Properties Inc.US:BXP-30.9%-34.7%
Kohl's Corp.US:KSS-30.3%-56.8%
Vornado Realty TrustUS:VNO-29.5%-46.5%
Wells Fargo & Co.US:WFC-28.5%-53.4%
Regency Centers Corp.US:REG-28.2%-34.0%
General Electric Co.US:GE-27.7%-42.7%
Southwest Airlines Co.US:LUV-27.0%-38.3%
Mohawk Industries Inc.US:MHK-26.9%-37.2%
Source: FactSet

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Here’s how all 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average performed during the first 150 days of the pandemic:

COMPANYTICKERPRICE CHANGE – MARCH 10 THROUGH AUG. 7PRICE CHANGE – 2020
Apple Inc.US:AAPL55.8%51.4%
Dow Inc.US:DOW35.8%-22.1%
Microsoft Corp.US:MSFT32.0%34.7%
Caterpillar Inc.US:CAT26.7%-8.6%
Home Depot Inc.US:HD20.4%24.4%
Cisco Systems Inc.US:CSCO18.3%-1.1%
Walt Disney Co.US:DIS16.6%-10.2%
Nike Inc. Class BUS:NKE15.4%0.5%
UnitedHealth Group Inc.US:UNH13.2%7.8%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.US:GS13.0%-9.4%
Pfizer Inc.US:PFE11.2%-1.9%
Procter & Gamble Co.US:PG10.8%6.9%
Walmart Inc.US:WMT8.5%9.4%
Visa Inc. Class AUS:V7.5%4.5%
Johnson & JohnsonUS:JNJ4.9%1.9%
Verizon Communications Inc.US:VZ3.6%-4.7%
3M Co.US:MMM3.3%-10.3%
McDonald's Corp.US:MCD2.4%3.5%
Chevron Corp.US:CVX2.1%-28.0%
International Business Machines Corp.US:IBM0.2%-6.8%
Exxon Mobil Corp.US:XOM0.1%-37.7%
Merck & Co. Inc.US:MRK-1.2%-10.9%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.US:JPM-1.3%-28.7%
Travelers Cos. Inc.US:TRV-1.8%-14.3%
American Express Co.US:AXP-4.0%-20.3%
Coca-Cola Co.US:KO-10.9%-13.6%
Intel Corp.US:INTC-11.0%-19.7%
Raytheon Technologies Corp.US:RTX-13.0%-30.7%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.US:WBA-15.5%-29.6%
Boeing Co.US:BA-26.4%-47.8%
Source: FactSet

Nadaq-100 winners

Here are the top 10 performers among components of the Nasdaq-100 index during the first 150 days of the pandemic:

COMPANYTICKERPRICE CHANGE – MARCH 10 THROUGH AUG. 7PRICE CHANGE – 2020
Moderna Inc.US:MRNA231.7%278.8%
DocuSign Inc.US:DOCU156.5%176.3%
Zoom Video Communications Inc. Class AUS:ZM138.5%280.3%
Tesla Inc.US:TSLA125.1%247.3%
MercadoLibre Inc.US:MELI99.3%108.8%
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.US:AMD87.0%85.0%
PayPal Holdings Inc.US:PYPL81.0%83.6%
Cadence Design Systems Inc.US:CDNS72.5%56.5%
Nvidia Corp.US:NVDA71.6%90.4%
Lululemon Athletica Inc.US:LULU67.6%47.7%
Source: FactSet

Nasdaq-100 losers

Here are the 10 worst performers among the Nasdaq-100 for the period:

COMPANYTICKERPRICE CHANGE – MARCH 10 THROUGH AUG. 7PRICE CHANGE – 2020
Western Digital Corp.US:WDC-25.9%-41.7%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.US:WBA-15.5%-29.6%
Fox Corp. Class AUS:FOXA-15.3%-33.5%
Marriott International Inc. Class AUS:MAR-14.7%-38.1%
Ulta Beauty Inc.US:ULTA-14.7%-19.5%
Ross Stores Inc.US:ROST-12.2%-23.2%
Intel Corp.US:INTC-11.0%-19.7%
Automatic Data Processing Inc.US:ADP-10.6%-19.1%
Exelon Corp.US:EXC-9.7%-14.6%
Sirius XM Holdings Inc.US:SIRI-5.5%-16.4%
Source: FactSet

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