The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index clocked 70 fresh record highs in 2021. Trailing only 1995 with 77 closing highs. The ‘Spoos’ was the biggest US Index winner, gaining 26.9% following the SPX gaining 16% in 2020. The ES was powered by mega-caps Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOG), Meta Platforms (FB), Tesla (TSLA), and NVIDIA (NVDA).
Risk takers pushed the Standard & Powers 500 index to fresh all times highs in 2021 as vaccine optimism and the prospects of further fiscal stimulus in the US fueled the mood. After bottoming out in late March 2020 massive action by the Fed and fiscal stimulus nudged stocks dramatically to close the year just off record highs.
The S&P 500 is weighted by market capitalization, the largest five companies, Apple Inc. Microsoft Corp. Amazon.com Inc. Alphabet Inc and Tesla Inc made up 23% of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF as of the close on Dec. 31.
The gains in 2021 were broad, with 88% of the S&P 500 showing positive returns.
20 best S&P performers in 2021:
Among the top 20 performers in the S&P 500, six were oil producers. Devon was the top stock, up 196.1% and Marathon the second top, up 149%.
How Global Indices fared in 2021
- The German DAX Finished Up for the Third Straight Positive Year up 15.79% for 2021 – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- Spain’s IBEX Worse Performing European Stock Market in 2021, Finished Up 7.9% – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- FTSE 100 Recovers in 2021 To Be up 14.3% After 2020 Annus Horribilis – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- France’s CAC 40 Bourse Lead Europe Higher in 2021 up 29% For the Year – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- Italy’s FTSE MIB Borsa Italiana Closed Up 23% in 2021 – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- The Australian ASX 200 Stock Market Closed Up 13% in 2021 With Lithium Plays Starring – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- The Dow Finished Up 18.7% in 2021 Led by Home Depot and Microsoft – TRADERS COMMUNITY
- The Nasdaq 100 Soared 26.6% in 2021 Powered by Lucid and Moderna – TRADERS COMMUNITY
S&P 500 biggest winners of 2020 included:
How Global Indices fared in 2020
- In the U.S. the S&P 500 and Dow closed at record levels at the year end.
- The tech heavy Nasdaq led the charge in 2020 up 43.64%, the largest gain since 2009
- S&P was up 16.26%. Since 2010 the S&P is up 240%, though 57% of the gain in the S&P was from just three stocks Microsoft, Amazon and Apple
- The Dow is closed up 7.25% after being down most tof the year, the DJIA was down over -36% at the March low
- In Europe the best performer was the German DAX which rose +3.6% for the year.
- Spain’s IBEX 30 was an even worse performer than the FTSE 100 down -15.5%.
- Italy’s MIB fell -5.4%,
- The French CAC 40 fell -7.1%
- The British FTSE 100 dumped. -14.3%
- The Australian ASX 200 Stock Market Closed Down 1.5% in 2020
- Japan’s Nikkei gained 16%,
- China’s Shanghai composite rose ripped 14% during 2020.
The euro however rallied against the US dollar as massive US QE weakened the dollar and relief that the UK-EU free trade deal had been agreed boosted the euro. The stronger euro helepd attract overseas investors to the US stock market.
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