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50 Worst Performing S&P 500 Stocks In 1Q21

Apr. 05, 2021 1:46 PM ETSPY7 Comments
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  • This article looks at the worst-performing decile of stocks in the S&P 500 in the first quarter of 2021.
  • By examining the tails of the return distribution, we can gain improved insight into different portfolio return drivers.
  • One of the most notable features of the laggards list is the bold-faced names of winners from 2020 - Tesla, Amazon, Apple - appearing as laggards for 1Q.
  • These underperforming megacaps weighed on capitalization-weighted returns, masking some of the broad-based gains at the constituent-level on the quarter.

This has to be my worst headache yet!
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In the first quarter of 2021, there was only a single S&P 500 (SPY) component down more than the 19.6% that the S&P 500 lost in the first quarter of 2020. There were

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Comments (7)

Those are some pretty high PE's!
I think the one to watch is APPL , we use them for our id verification, as in COVID checkin, but also licenses, like driving, flying, trucking, boating & fishing, if and when they progress to passports they could have a real sales breakout.
I hear Fauci has ruled out a Fed vaccine passport, yet not so Israel and EU, your “freedoms” and privacy hold you back, methinks.
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Some good buys on this list, including CHTR, NKE, and AMZN.
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A lot of "big tech" has been in about a six month consolidation period, and thus is showing up on your list.

Been my opinion that in the next month or two it will come back to leading the market upward. As such, I've been adding to stocks like AMZN during the first quarter. The last few days certainly suggest such a breakout, but to be fair it looked like that was going to be the case in February and the "break out" failed.
Thanks. Remarkable list.
Do you think we should stick with a heavy rail/ car based society or lighten up, and raise up, certainly in congested cities, utilising old branch lines, and central median strips for lightweight suspended Pod Rail, is there anything like this in your country ?
the old rail line is key, as ; alignment, support, and level, from that is supported gantries every ten metres say, from that is supported two people pods, that thus ride above; traffic, animals, people and level crossing traffic, dipping down to station level at stations, with gentle gradient down and up, loosely based on the pedal version at Rotorua, hence the www.shweeb.co.nz but more heavy duty, more pods, driven by electric motors, it overcomes a lot of the issues with heavy trains, whilst still retaining a lot of the advantages, and safely sharing with other users, I envisage it carries strollers, shopping, a bicycle, affording a view, just a simple standard bolt on support structure, using the “line” as foundation.
It’s minimal on-site work, maximising the features we have, with out needing the line to be very weight bearing or within gauge, (disused for some time), it’s certainly something that could be fabricated here, as we have very good steel works in this country, and it doesn’t require the heavy movement of concrete, or in fact the heavy movement or removal of anything, and could indeed be a very smart system, responding to request from a smart phone app.
So if there’s anyone with unrequited investment desires do get in touch.
The Chinese might even be more interested in some ultra light rail,overhead, than overburdening with cars altogether.
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Interesting always.
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