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

Tyler Durden's picture

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...


Charts: Bloomberg

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Aziz's picture

Long mobility scooters!

Precious's picture

Clowns aren't so stupid after all.

NotApplicable's picture

Awesome, I keep getting a Walmart popup ad with each page refresh. Goes nice with my sidebar ads from RandPAC.

jeff montanye's picture

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.


Harbanger's picture

Growth is driven by international sales, over 60% of Mcdonalds sales are outside the US.

icanhasbailout's picture

in IBM's case it's driven by offshoring the workforce

samcontrol's picture

long alcoa short mcdonalds.

Taint Boil's picture



Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun.

Manipuflation's picture

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.


Taint Boil's picture



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.

Manipuflation's picture

The Ghoul?  That, Sir, I can not claim to know about.  Two states and a lake west of you.


X Yooper's picture

Hi-a, hi-a, hi-a! Remember Bill Kennedy?

duo's picture

AA made the aluminum for the engine block of my Chevy Vega

machineh's picture

AA supplied the raw metal for aluminum wiring in the some early-70s houses, too.

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

Ned Zeppelin's picture

Two obese Patties, Special Ross, Red-Is-Peace picking bunions on a Sesame Bus.

max2205's picture

I know I know..... IBM

UP Forester's picture

Damn... I was gonna guess IBM's evil twin, the SkyNet system known as HAL....

blunderdog's picture

HAL is one step ahead of IBM...

cynicalskeptic's picture

 or one letter....    How did I not notice that before?

Obadiah's picture

wtf how did I not know this HAL IBM pattern?

conspiricy confirmed!

buzzsaw99's picture

The Dow has really benefitted from having Citi instead of Honeywell. [/sarc.]

Yen Cross's picture

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

buzzsaw99's picture

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...

recidivist's picture

Unless they get de-listed, AAPL may win that coveted TBTF status.  iShite for all.

Go Tribe's picture

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.

Heyoka Bianco's picture

Alcoa was tracking the Dow just fine until '08. All those unemployed people collecting cans must have eaten up their margins.

Yen Cross's picture

  Remember when cans were "tin", and had pull tabs?

Go Tribe's picture

Remember when dimes were silver?

WAMO556's picture

Do you remember when most chicks weren't FAT? Even the two baggers?

FeralSerf's picture

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:


cynicalskeptic's picture

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

Ballin D's picture

The terrible unemployment stats for young adults are pretty exciting.  Bitches cant get fat when they cant afford food.

Cathartes Aura's picture

I remember when ZH threads didn't look like a herd of yahoo msg board trolling. . .

Ness.'s picture

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.




optimator's picture

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.

WAMO556's picture

The "church key" was a requirement for drinking beer.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Swiss Army or BSA pocket knife worked fine.....

Pejorative Requiem's picture

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.