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Here’s President Trump’s real stock market scorecard


President Trump has often bragged about how the stock market has performed since he was elected, but that can be a dangerous game, especially during the coronavirus crisis.

Here’s a chart that shows a mixed stock market track record, at best, for the president. That is, assuming you buy the argument that he should be credited or criticized for how well the market performs.

FactSet

The S&P 500 Index

SPX, +4.72%

 returned 19.3%, with dividends reinvested, from the close on Nov. 8, 2016, when Trump was elected, through the close March 16, 2020. That is a sobering number when you consider that the benchmark index returned 31.5% last year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +3.72%

 returned only 10.2% for the same three-plus-years period.

The Nasdaq Composite Index

COMP, +4.97%,

which is heavily weighted to the largest technology companies, including Apple

AAPL, +4.26%,

Microsoft

MSFT, +6.81%

and Amazon

AMZN, +6.83%,

returned 37.9%.

Digging further, the S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index

MID, +3.39%

 was down 6.8%, and the S&P Small-Cap 600 Index

SML, +4.28%

 was down 9%.

Back to large-cap stocks, here are the 20 stocks in the S&P 500 that performed best from Nov. 8, 2016, through March 16, 2020:

Company Ticker Total Nov. 8, 2016, through March 16, 2020 Total return – 2020 through March 16 Total return – 2019
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

AMD, +8.34%

 

453% -16% 148%
Paycom Software Inc.

PAYC, +6.19%

 

330% -26% 116%
MSCI Inc. Class A

MSCI, +5.31%

 

217% -4% 77%
ServiceNow Inc.

NOW, +10.15%

 

210% -6% 59%
Nvidia Corp.

NVDA, +9.69%

 

180% -16% 77%
Adobe Inc.

ADBE, +6.17%

 

164% -13% 46%
Zebra Technologies Corp. Class A

ZBRA, +7.69%

 

156% -35% 60%
Progressive Corp.

PGR, +4.86%

 

155% 4% 25%
Copart Inc.

CPRT, +4.64%

 

154% -27% 90%
Keysight Technologies Inc

KEYS, +6.06%

 

152% -18% 65%
ResMed Inc.

RMD, +13.12%

 

151% -11% 38%
Fortinet Inc.

FTNT, +2.13%

 

142% -29% 52%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

VRTX, +11.34%

 

141% -9% 32%
Netflix Inc.

NFLX, +6.41%

 

140% -8% 21%
Microsoft Corp.

US:MSFT

 

139% -14% 58%
Ansys Inc.

ANSS, +11.98%

 

137% -20% 80%
SBA Communications Corp. Class A

SBAC, +5.99%

 

137% 7% 49%
Apple Inc.

US:AAPL

 

129% -17% 89%
Lam Research Corp.

LRCX, +6.66%

 

129% -27% 119%
Mastercard Inc. Class A

MA, +0.57%

 

127% -21% 59%
  Source: FactSet

You can click on the tickers for more about each company.

Here are the 20 worst performers in the S&P 500 since Trump was elected Nov. 8, 2016:

Company Ticker Total Nov. 8, 2016, through March 16, 2020 Total return – 2020 through March 16 Total return – 2019
Apache Corp.

APA, -17.03%

 

-90% -78% 1%
Halliburton Co.

HAL, +0.25%

 

-86% -75% -5%
Noble Energy Inc.

NBL, -22.75%

 

-85% -79% 35%
Alliance Data Systems Corp.

ADS, -15.12%

 

-81% -68% -24%
Devon Energy Corp.

DVN, -11.69%

 

-81% -70% 17%
Capri Holdings Ltd.

CPRI, -16.25%

 

-81% -75% 1%
Schlumberger NV

SLB, -5.97%

 

-79% -64% 18%
L Brands Inc.

LB, -8.71%

 

-78% -35% -25%
Macy’s Inc

M, -4.32%

 

-77% -59% -38%
Occidental Petroleum Corp.

OXY, -2.75%

 

-77% -69% -28%
DXC Technology Co.

DXC, -5.71%

 

-77% -71% -28%
ViacomCBS Inc. Class B

VIAC, -3.64%

 

-75% -67% -2%
General Electric Co.

GE, +5.11%

 

-75% -40% 54%
Diamondback Energy Inc.

FANG, -12.77%

 

-75% -75% 1%
Helmerich & Payne Inc.

HP, +9.65%

 

-72% -67% 0%
Newell Brands Inc

NWL, +10.91%

 

-72% -35% 9%
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

NCLH, -6.26%

 

-72% -81% 38%
National Oilwell Varco Inc.

NOV, +5.47%

 

-71% -64% -2%
Kraft Heinz Co.

KHC, +5.59%

 

-71% -30% -21%
Under Armour Inc. Class A

UAA, +6.79%

 

-71% -57% 22%
  Source: FactSet

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