The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 2015 at 17,425.03 – down 398.04 points on the year for a -2.23% annual return.
- Leader & Laggard – Nike (NKE) was the biggest contributor during 2015;
Walmart (WMT) was the biggest detractor.
- Industry Performance – Consumer Services was the leading industry for the
year; technology the worst.
- Worst Day (In Points & Percent) – down 588.40 points or -3.57% – on August
24th. While bad – the worst 1 day loss since August 2011 – it could have been
worse: the DJIA was down over 1,000 points in early trading before recovering.
- Best Day (In Points & Percent) – a mere two days later, on August 26th, the DJIA
finished up 619.07 points or 3.95% as investors were drawn back to the markets
following a period of apparent panic selling.
- New Highs – the second half of 2015 saw no new highs for the DJIA, the last
having been struck on May 19, 2015 when the Average closed at 18,312.39.
- Changes – there was a momentous component change when Apple replaced
AT&T. Additionally, there were a few significant stock splits in 2015.
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