25 Years Later: The Dow's Biggest Loser (And Winner)

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Of the current stack of 30 'Blue-Chip' stocks that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Alcoa has managed to do the worst over the past 25 years - gaining a cumulative 63% in the last 25 years (or 2.2% annually). The Dow itself, based on Bloomberg's Chart of the Day, has risen 627% since the crash in 1987 (or 8.6% annually) - almost 10x that of Alcoa; while McDonald's (perhaps perfectly summarizing what America is all about) has risen on average 12.8% per year for a 1620% gain since Black Monday. But who has impacted the Dow the most since its highs in October of 2007? (Hint: they disappointed this week!)


The best and worst performer (among current Dow members - avoiding the BKs!) since the 1987 crash...


But perhaps most importantly - the Dow is around 850 points from its intraday highs in October 2007 - and of the members of the Dow at that point AIG and C did the most damage (accounting for 870 points of loss on their own); while IBM has been the true star adding a magnificent 568 points during that time.


We can only hope that IBM, MCD, and WMT do not start to disappoint...oh wait...


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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:03 | 2905702 Aziz
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Long mobility scooters!

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:06 | 2905707 Ljoot
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You Rascal.


Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:11 | 2905715 Ralph Spoilsport
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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:16 | 2905721 Precious
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Clowns aren't so stupid after all.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:49 | 2905773 NotApplicable
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Awesome, I keep getting a Walmart popup ad with each page refresh. Goes nice with my sidebar ads from RandPAC.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:53 | 2905933 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Get adblock!

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 23:14 | 2906005 jeff montanye
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or, alternatively, videos such as this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb4pGLCclVo&feature=related (apologies to peter fonda and dennis hopper) may make us all aware of how far we have fallen.  look homeward angel and melt with ruth.


Sat, 10/20/2012 - 11:29 | 2906340 markmotive
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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2905805 Harbanger
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Growth is driven by international sales, over 60% of Mcdonalds sales are outside the US.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:24 | 2905956 icanhasbailout
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in IBM's case it's driven by offshoring the workforce

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 11:46 | 2906379 samcontrol
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long alcoa short mcdonalds.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:11 | 2905717 Taint Boil
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Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:02 | 2905873 Manipuflation
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Damn it Taint, you are dating us.  Remember the 70's ALCOA ads?  Next thing you know the hotshot 20 somethings here will be making fun of us because we had only three channels of TV static to watch.  Screw that noise.  We went outside and played some games in those days and Dad drank up all of the family's non-essential income on a nightly basis.

So it goes.


Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:34 | 2905973 Taint Boil
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Damn it Taint, you are dating us .....

Well I could have done the where's the beef commercial [1984] ......... ah the memories. Anyone here know about The Ghoul .... only in the detroit area - now that would really freak me out.

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 00:27 | 2906061 SafelyGraze
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mcdonalds knows monopoly




Sat, 10/20/2012 - 01:26 | 2906092 Manipuflation
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The Ghoul?  That, Sir, I can not claim to know about.  Two states and a lake west of you.


Sun, 10/21/2012 - 04:24 | 2907454 X Yooper
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Hi-a, hi-a, hi-a! Remember Bill Kennedy?

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 08:44 | 2906182 duo
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AA made the aluminum for the engine block of my Chevy Vega

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 13:47 | 2906554 machineh
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AA supplied the raw metal for aluminum wiring in the some early-70s houses, too.

Some folks like the 'flickering firelight' effect ...

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:03 | 2905875 Ned Zeppelin
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Two obese Patties, Special Ross, Red-Is-Peace picking bunions on a Sesame Bus.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:15 | 2905720 max2205
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I know I know..... IBM

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:32 | 2905751 UP Forester
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Damn... I was gonna guess IBM's evil twin, the SkyNet system known as HAL....

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:24 | 2905831 blunderdog
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HAL is one step ahead of IBM...

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:27 | 2905961 cynicalskeptic
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 or one letter....    How did I not notice that before?

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:47 | 2905988 SilverDosed
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You just blew my mind.

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 06:33 | 2906150 Obadiah
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wtf how did I not know this HAL IBM pattern?

conspiricy confirmed!

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 19:45 | 2905766 buzzsaw99
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The Dow has really benefitted from having Citi instead of Honeywell. [/sarc.]

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:11 | 2905807 Yen Cross
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That was a good one Buzz! +1  Bankers vs Warriers?  huuummm.  Weapons require "real/ tangible elements". )side arm, human repair business(

  I'll side with war, for a decent dividend Buzz. /sarc

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:21 | 2905824 buzzsaw99
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C, 3 billion shares served. lulz

He's as blind as he can be

Just sees what he wants to see

Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

Nowhere Man, don't worry

Take your time, don't hurry

Leave it all till somebody else lends you a hand...

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:34 | 2905842 Yen Cross
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Or a bionic hook... Nice work buzz ;-)

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:04 | 2905877 Ned Zeppelin
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Squirrel Jam

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:18 | 2905821 monopoly
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Oh Oh!

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:23 | 2905827 recidivist
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Unless they get de-listed, AAPL may win that coveted TBTF status.  iShite for all.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:52 | 2905863 Go Tribe
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Bernanke needs to buy tons of Apple stock, because if it falls so does the market. Hell, there is no market, but Apple is the next best thing.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:37 | 2905848 Heyoka Bianco
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Alcoa was tracking the Dow just fine until '08. All those unemployed people collecting cans must have eaten up their margins.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:50 | 2905859 Yen Cross
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  Remember when cans were "tin", and had pull tabs?

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:53 | 2905864 Go Tribe
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Remember when dimes were silver?

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:26 | 2905903 WAMO556
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Do you remember when most chicks weren't FAT? Even the two baggers?

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:57 | 2905936 FeralSerf
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They started getting their belly fat after dwarf wheat and high fructose corn syrup were introduced on a mass scale about 30 years ago.  Type 2 diabetes began its climb toward the stratosphere then too.  It isn't just women either.

An example of one of those beauties:


Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:30 | 2905964 cynicalskeptic
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Current wheat is a BIG issue -  sil who's a nurse put her kids on a no wheat diet and 'presto' - losing fat, not as hyper..... amazing differnce

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 00:07 | 2906042 Taint Boil
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A 2 bagger - LOL

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 15:54 | 2906345 Ballin D
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The terrible unemployment stats for young adults are pretty exciting.  Bitches cant get fat when they cant afford food.

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 11:41 | 2906371 Cathartes Aura
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I remember when ZH threads didn't look like a herd of yahoo msg board trolling. . .

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:30 | 2905906 Ness.
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64' Kennedy half dollar is worth $11.60.




My Grandmother used to work at a bank and "exchanged" countless (boating accident) numbers of 64' K for worthless .50 crap.


Grandma was ahead of her time.




Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:02 | 2906217 optimator
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Dimes were silver in the 50's, and two of them would buy a gallon of gas.  Today you can buy a gallon of gas with one of those 50's dimes.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:55 | 2905865 Midas
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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:02 | 2905874 Yen Cross
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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:23 | 2905901 WAMO556
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The "church key" was a requirement for drinking beer.

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:31 | 2905966 cynicalskeptic
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Swiss Army or BSA pocket knife worked fine.....

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 21:43 | 2905920 Pejorative Requiem
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The only thing missing is a comment on the change in the nature of the Dow itself - from a vehicle for businesses to raise capital to an ATM for banksters, cabals and insiders.

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