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Tue Mar 31, 2020, 03:44 PM

Dow is on track for its worst quarterly performance since 1987 -- here's how the stock market tends t

The S&P 500 hasnít been down in these three successive months since 2008


In a word, historic, but returns are almost certain to improve over the longer term despite the current pain, if history is any guide.

Indeed, it has been punishing for investors, as the market went into a coronavirus-sparked free fall that so far has the 124-year-old Dow Jones Industrial Average on pace to register its worst quarterly loss since the fourth quarter of 1987. The three-month skid also would represent the steepest first-quarter drop, from January through the end of March, in the indexís history, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

The dizzying equity meltdown has amounted to a more than 21% quarterly skid thus far for the Dow industrials DJIA, -1.412%, while the S&P 500 SPX, -1.382% has declined more than 18% over the quarter, which would mark the broad-market indexís sharpest such decline since the 2008 financial crisis.

Check out the table below, as of late morning on Tuesday:

Dow -21.5% Q4 1987
S&P 500 -18.4% Q4 2008
Nasdaq Composite Index -12.6% Q4 2018
Source: Dow Jones Market Data

Closes near sessions lows to round out the month of March

Dow 21,914.37 -413.11 -1.85%
S&P 500 2,584.47 -42.18 -1.61%
Nasdaq 7,700.10 -74.05 -0.95%
GlobalDow 2,469.47 -3.75 -0.15%
Gold 1,597.90 -45.30 -2.76%
Oil 20.37 0.28 1.39%

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ProfessorGAC Mar 2020 #1

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Tue Mar 31, 2020, 03:52 PM

1. It's Down Nearly 6,837 Points

Since Jan 2nd close.
About 22% down for the quarter.
This is a pinch over 10% since markets opened in January 2017.
3.1% per year.
It was 12% under BHO, including the weak period caused by 43's recession.
So much winning!

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