YTD Index Performance

Here’s some surprising data:  The Nasdaq 100 — the big cap tech stocks — are down for the year.

I just punched in a few indices into excel — Here’s some surprising YTD numbers: The Nasdaq 100 (BDX) is down -2.26%; The Qs are off -2.08%; The Nasdaq Comp is a few ticks above flat. Utilities are also off -2.00%.

The Dow has gained 5.46%, the S&P500 is up 2.62%. The big winners are the Russell 2000 — up 8.29%, and the Dow Transports, up 13.08%

YTD Index Performance














































Index 12/31/2005 Recent price Change Gain/Loss
QQQQ 40.41 39.57 (0.84) -2.08%
NDX 1645.2 1608 (37.20) -2.26%
Nasdaq Comp 2205.3 2209 3.70 0.17%
Dow 10717.5 11303 585.50 5.46%
S&P500 1248.29 1281 32.71 2.62%
Russell 2000 673.22 729 55.78 8.29%
Transports 4196.03 4745 548.97 13.08%
Utilities 405.11 397 (8.11) -2.00%


Interesting stuff . .  .

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  1. Marc Mayor commented on May 17

    Is it only the beginning ?

  2. vf commented on May 17

    NDX is also below where it settled end of ’04… not too far from end of ’03

  3. Jack commented on May 17

    Those numbers don’t look too bad yet. Just wait until 2007. I bet we see some real carnage then.

  4. jkw commented on May 17

    There was a strong decline the last week of 2005 which was reversed the first day of 2006. If you consider that to be short term noise, the performance looks much worse. I’m not sure if any of the broad indices will be positive for the year (since Jan 3) at the end of the day except for the Russell 2000, which is heading down quickly (not today specifically, but relative to the other indices for the past week).

    6-8 down days in a row with 5-10% coming off is probably as far as this fall can go without a pause. Perhaps there will be a pre-expiration rally tomorrow.

  5. Brian commented on May 17

    I would like to see the media start reporting the inflation adjusted change in the indices. CNBC was on the “DOW record” watch for a while there, completely ignoring the inflation over the past 5 years.

    Then, after they do that, we just need them to start using real values for inflation….not the phony government numbers.

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