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Stocks on sale? In 2022, Wall Street had its worst year since 2008

Friday marked the end of the 2022, as well as the quarter, month, and year. The major market averages over those time frames are shown below.

December 30, 2022
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A painful year for stocks ended Friday with the final day of trading. In all three major indexes, the year ended with losses and ended a three-year winning streak. In 2022, the Dow suffered the least, down about 8.8%.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell 19.4%, and is more than 20% below its record high, while the Nasdaq plunged 33.1%. Investor sentiment was weighed down by sticky inflation and rate hikes from the Federal Reserve.

Despite the yearly losses, the Dow and S&P 500 did break three-quarter losing streaks in the final three months of the year. The Nasdaq, however, dominated by the likes of Apple, Tesla and Microsoft, muddled through its fourth consecutive negative quarter for the first time since 2001.

All three averages are negative for December, however. Communication services was the worst performing sector in the S&P 500 this year, falling more than 40%, followed by consumer discretionary. Energy was the only sector to rise, climbing 59%.

The final 2022 market statistics

The Dow finished:

  • down 8.78% for the year
  • up 15.39% for the quarter
  • down 4.17% for the month
  • down 0.17% for the week

The S&P 500 finished:

  • down 19.44% for the year
  • up 7.08% for the quarter
  • down 5.90% for the month
  • down 0.14% for the week

The Nasdaq Composite finished:

  • down 33.10% for the year
  • down 1.03% for the quarter
  • down 8.73% for the month
  • down 0.30% for the week

The Russell 2000 small caps finished:

  • down 21.56% for the year
  • up 5.8% for the quarter
  • down 6.64% for the month
  • up 0.02% for the week

Editorial Board
Eric Ng
John Liu
Editorial Board
Bryan Curtis
Adan Harris
Managing Editor
Cathy Hills
Associate Editor

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