The market has a great 4-year ride

The Dow finishes is up 121% from its March 2009 low after rising 50 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq have had even better performances.

By Charley Blaine Mar 11, 2013 5:41PM
Maybe it skipped your mind, but Saturday was a big day: the fourth anniversary of the 2009 market bottom. And what a rebound the stock market has enjoyed ever since.

Maybe you think the rally is phony; purely a function of the Federal Reserve's wacky bid to boost the economy. That's fine. Sell your stocks.

Maybe you think the rally has legs, that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is the only adult in Washington. That's fine, too. Hold onto your positions. You may even want to add to them. That's fine, too, but be mindful of the adage that markets revert to the mean. 
The Dow is up nearly 121% since the 2009 lows. It has risen for seven straight days, including a 50-point rise to 14,447 on Monday. It has set new closing highs for five straight days.

The S&P 500 is up more nearly 130% and has also seen seven gains in a row. With a 5-point gain on Monday to 1,556, it's less than 9 points below it's closing high. Financial Stock Chart © Kick Images, Photodisc, Getty Images

The Nasdaq is up a whopping 156% to 3,253 and is trading at 52-week highs.

It has finished in the black for six of seven days. But it is still 35.6% below its 2000 peak, set on March 10, 2000. It was the height of the dot-com bubble, and the index would fall pretty steadily for the next two-and-a-half years.

What's amazing about the big rally is how few losers there are over the last four years: just 14 S&P 500 stocks. Here are the top 10 winners and losers for the index since 2009.

Meanwhile, only one Dow stock, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), is lower than its close on March 9, 2009.

The leader is American Express (AXP), up 508.1% on Friday, followed by Home Depot (HD) and Caterpillar (CAT).

S&P 500 winners and losers since 2009 low
Winners

Chg.
Wyndham 

1949.7%
CBS B

1388.7%
Tenet Healthcare 

1100.0%
Fifth Third Bancorp

1075.5%
Gannett

1007.2%
Genworth Financial

981.3%
International Paper

963.2%
Pioneer Natural Resources

954.9%
Seagate Technology

935.0%
Expedia

912.8%




Laggards

Chg.
Best Buy

-18.4%
Pitney Bowes

-21.4%
People's United Financial

-23.0%
Frontier Communications 

-24.5%
Abbott Laboratories

-25.7%
MetroPCS Communications

-25.8%
Exelon

-26.7%
SAIC

-28.2%
Apollo Group

-74.4%
First Solar

-75.7%
Data as of March 8



For those wondering, Apple (AAPL) is up  better than 400%. Google (GOOG) is up more than 170% and Amazon.com (AMZN) is up 340%.

Crude oil
(-CL) in New York closed at $47.07 a barrel on March 9, 2009. It's up 95.6% since. Gold (-GC) is up 71.8% since the March 2009 bottom. The 10-year Treasury yield finished at 2.89% on March 9, 2009. It's at 2.056% now.

Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 Dow performers since March 9, 2009.

Dow winners and losers since 2009 low
Winners

Chg.
American Express

508.1%
Home Depot

291.5%
Caterpillar

278.4%
Walt Disney 


268.1%
Bank of America 

221.9%
JPMorgan Chase

215.7%
General Electric

220.8%
DuPont    

204.5%
UnitedHealth Group

202.5%
Boeing

162.0%




Laggards

Chg.
Microsoft

84.8%
Procter & Gamble

74.7%
Intel

72.0%
Johnson & Johnson 

67.8%
AT&T

68.9%
Alcoa  

59.7%
Cisco Systems

60.3%
Wal-Mart Stores

53.7%
Exxon Mobil

37.8%
Hewlett-Packard

-18.3%
Data as of March 8



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12Comments
Mar 11, 2013 7:10PM
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Gresham's Law will annihilate all the free money market parasites in years to come.Yeah,the HFT market is up 121%,or basically back to 2007's high.Only problem is, 5+ yrs to get back to 2007 means 5+ yrs of REAL wealth were sacrificed for digital,non-existent wealth on some computer screen,courtesy of Ben.

Once again I am utterly shocked that the same bubbles have been re-inflated and  still people don't get it.Not only have tens of trillions of dollars of NEW DEBT THAT CAN NEVER BE PAID BACK been created to prop up this turd,but the purchasing power of the money in all of our pockets HAS TO BE DESTROYED to maintain the illusion.How many years can WORTHLESS GOVT BONDS CAN BE SOLD TO BANKRUPT BANKS?The next crash,and it is coming,will be the coup de grace of the USD as the world's reserve currency.And once this occurs,Americans will then know what fascism is all about.


Without the Fed's currency war,there is no recovery.Targeting the stock market and nominal GDP by counterfeiting does not work and has, in the course of history, NEVER WORKED.All the while,the United States continues its descent into third world status.



Mar 11, 2013 9:09PM
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Of course the poor own zero stocks, so they have become poorer...  The are victims of the 'public option' in education,  They are taught from birth to be on the dole.  They, like our President, "57 States", have never had a job.  They  are democrats (the PC term for socialists).

 

Is it any wonder we have debt in excess of 16.5 trillion, a record 48 million on food stamps, 8 million less work than 4 years ago?  Unemployment at 7.7%!   

 

And more pain and hardship coming for the poor as they continue to see their wealth decline.  Obama's war on the middle class will destroy another 12% of the middle classes walth this  year alone.  The democrats will continue to BELIEVE they can TAX and PRINT their way to prosperity.  They continue to beleive that you can BORROW and SPEND our way out of debt.

 

These democrat policies will end in a depression of epic length and hardship.   Enjoy...

Mar 11, 2013 6:38PM
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Great Summary, Charlie. Refreshing to see realistic facts and figures devoid of political BS.
Mar 11, 2013 8:00PM
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wow.  So glad I kept buying Vanguard Total Stk Mkt in 2008, 09, 10, 11 and 2012.   I didn't sell anything in that time frame.  Some people who bailed in 2008 called me dumb for buying and worse yet for buying big amounts at DOW 7000, 8000, etc.  They kept telling me DOW was going to 2500.  Remember those folks?  So, now, I don't look so stupid but they sure do.
Mar 11, 2013 11:27PM
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Pocket...Why you so tough on Patty ??

 

She just in business to make a buck...Driving her Caddys.

 

You 'apparently" got your's and brag about it more then me....

 

But I'm a poor man anyway;

We are comfortable and that's all we need to be...

Mar 11, 2013 11:14PM
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It's been a pretty decent trip over the last 4 years...Thanks Charley for the specifics.
Mar 11, 2013 6:01PM
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Not here in Washington state, but then again all we have is a bunch of blood sucking liberals
Mar 11, 2013 8:19PM
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POCKETPROTECTOR:I own a business and have never gotten food stamps.

Don`t judge others by yourself.

Mar 11, 2013 6:22PM
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These are the good old days.We`re making a ton of money, but the right wing bears are praying

for a bear market.Don`t worry,we will have a bear market-when we get a Republican in

the Wh.That`s their track record.War,recessions and hard times.

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