The Blue-Chip Dow Jones Index closed near record highs on the last day of 2021 up 18.7% on the year, after gaining 7.1% in 2020. Home Depot and Microsoft led the Dow this year, with both surging over 50%. Massive Fed and fiscal stimulus coupled with vaccine optimism and the prospects of further fiscal stimulus in the US fueled no fear risk taking on steroids. The Dow was down over -36% at the March 2020 low.
Risk takers pushed the Dow Jones index to fresh all times highs in 2021 as vaccine optimism and the prospects of further fiscal stimulus in the US fueled the mood. Home Depot (HD, $409.94) and Microsoft (MSFT, $339.32) were the Dow’s top stocks of 2021. Disney was the Dow’s worst stock in 2021, losing almost 14%.
30 current components of the Dow performance in 2021
Company Industry 2021 Return
Note three changes were made to the 30-stock index on Aug: 31 2020:
- Salesforce.com Inc. CRM was added, replacing Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM
- Honewell International Inc. HON replaced Raytheon Technologies Corp. RTX,
- Amgen Inc. AMGN replaced Pfizer Inc. PFE
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
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.
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