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The last time the S&P 500 was at its closing level from yesterday, the day was October 10th, 1996 (or 4,528 days ago). We decided to look at the 100 biggest stocks in the index on that date more than 12 years ago to see where they stand now. Of the names in the index, 36 are up, 43 are down, and the rest were either acquired or went bankrupt. As shown, the best stocks include AOL/Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), Exelon (NYSE:EXC), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), EMC, Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL). Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is up just 3.33%, JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM) is down 27%, GE is down 58%, and Citigroup (NYSE:C) and Ford (NYSE:F) are down 90%.

There's no doubt that the S&P 100 will look much different if we fast forward 4,528 days to July 27, 2021, but hopefully the index and most of its members will at least be higher!

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Source: Where Are They Now? A Look at Stocks on 10/10/96