By Philip van Doorn
The S&P 500 Index has risen 8.5% since Jan. 20, led by so-called recovery plays including retailers and energy companies.
(Updates story with closing prices through April 30, President Biden's 100th day in office.)
Joe Biden has had a spectacular run -- especially in the stock market. Friday was his his 100th day in office.
During the new president's first 100 days in office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 8.6% and the S&P 500 Index advanced 8.5%.
Best performers in the S&P 500
Here are the 20 stocks among the S&P 500 that have had the highest total returns (with dividends reinvested) since Biden took office Jan. 20. There's a second column showing returns since Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020):
Those are excellent returns. From the close Nov. 3, the S&P 500 was up 24.1% through April 30.
At the close on Election Day, the S&P 500 had bounced back 51% from its coronavirus pandemic closing low on March 23, 2020. But it was up only 4% for 2020.
So some of the companies on this list have to be considered recovery plays, especially retailers such as Gap Inc. (GPS) and L Brands Inc. (LB)
The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3.8% during Biden's first 100 days in office. The Nasdaq-100 Index , which includes the largest 100 non-financial companies in the full Nasdaq, was up 4.2%. This index is tracked by the Invesco QQQ Trust ETF (QQQ).
Here are the 20 best performers among the Nasdaq-100 during Biden's first 100 days in office:
So Moderna Inc. (MRNA) takes the Nasdaq-100 prize for Biden's first 100 days. The Covid-19 vaccine developer's stock is up 159% since Election Day.
In case you are wondering, shares of Tesla Inc. (TSLA) fell 17% during Biden's first 100 days in office, for the fifth-worst performance in the Nasdaq-100. The worst performer in the Nasdaq-100 during Biden's first 100 days was Peloton Interactive Inc. (PTON), which was down 37%.
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-Philip van Doorn; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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May 01, 2021 10:21 ET (14:21 GMT)
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