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These stocks got walloped hardest in Wednesday's market plunge

MarketWatch logo MarketWatch 10/11/2018 Philip van Doorn

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U.S. stocks suffered an unusually brutal decline Wednesday, as investors worry about interest rates rising from historical lows.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 832 points, or 3.2%, to 25,598.74, while the S&P 500 fell 3.3%. The Nasdaq had its worst session in two years, declining 4.1%, as internet stocks tumbled in the wake of a mixed earnings preview from Barclays.

Meanwhile, the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes was unchanged at 3.19%, but that’s up from 2.94% a month ago and 2.40% at the end of 2017.

An important theme driving the bull market that began in March 2009 has been “a world awash with cash.” The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan added so much liquidity with their historically low interest rates and bond purchases that it was logical to expect a tremendous flow of money into U.S. stocks. But the Fed has raised its target federal funds rate three times this year, and it is reasonable to expect additional upward moves for long-term interest rates. And that typically spells at least short-term jitters for stocks.

On the other hand, too much pessimism could create opportunities for short-term investors.

Michael Cuggino, president and portfolio manager of the Permanent Portfolio Family of Funds, called Wednesday’s selloff “a delayed reaction to a couple of events over the past couple of weeks.”

“The Fed’s recent comments have indicated that they believe the economy is strong, and therefore they expect their tightening moves to continue,” he said. “Secondly, you had a tough speech given by Vice President Pence on where the U.S. stands with China. This was a statement about the U.S. firming its position, and there has been some indication that China is responding. So it potentially elongates and ups the ante for an ongoing trade dispute with China.”

Dow losers

All 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down Wednesday. Here they are, sorted by the day’s declines:

Company Ticker Price change - Oct. 10 Price change - Sept. 28 through Oct. 10 Price change - 2018 through Oct. 10 Price change - 2017
Nike Inc. Class B(NKE) -6.8%-11.5%19.8%23.1%
Microsoft Corp.(MSFT) -5.4%-6.4%24.1%37.7%
Visa Inc. Class A(V) -4.8%-8.3%18.9%46.1%
Boeing Co.(BA) -4.7%2.1%24.6%89.4%
Apple Inc.(AAPL) -4.6%-3.3%27.8%46.1%
3M Co.(MMM) -3.9%-2.8%-14.1%31.8%
Cisco Systems Inc.(CSCO) -3.9%-3.7%19.1%26.7%
Caterpillar Inc.(CAT) -3.8%-0.8%-8.8%69.9%
United Technologies Corp.(UTX) -3.5%-4.8%2.8%16.4%
Intel Corp.(INTC) -3.8%-1.6%-2.9%27.3%
Walt Disney Co.(DIS) -3.4%3.3%5.0%3.2%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.(GS) -3.6%-6.3%-15.7%6.4%
Chevron Corp.(CVX) -3.3%4.4%-2.1%6.4%
International Business Machines Corp.(IBM) -3.1%-3.8%-7.0%-7.6%
Merck & Co. Inc.(MRK) -2.6%0.7%25.2%-4.4%
American Express Co.(AXP) -2.9%-5.5%4.3%34.1%
Travelers Cos. Inc.(TRV) -2.6%-1.4%-5.5%10.8%
DowDuPont Inc.(DWDP) -2.5%-13.5%-16.7%24.5%
Exxon Mobil Corp.(XOM) -2.3%1.9%1.1%-7.3%
UnitedHealth Group Inc.(UNH) -2.6%-0.8%19.3%37.8%
Pfizer Inc.(PFE) -2.1%3.6%22.9%11.5%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.(JPM) -2.7%-1.8%4.2%23.9%
Coca-Cola Co.(KO) -1.5%-0.7%-0.4%10.7%
Walmart Inc.(WMT) -1.4%1.2%-3.0%42.9%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.(WBA) -1.7%2.9%-0.4%-12.3%
Verizon Communications Inc.(VZ) -1.2%-0.4%2.6%-0.8%
Johnson & Johnson(JNJ) -1.1%-1.3%-1.4%21.3%
Home Depot Inc.(HD) -1.0%-7.4%2.2%41.4%
Procter & Gamble Co.(PG) -0.9%-2.6%-11.4%9.3%
McDonald's Corp.(MCD) -0.9%4.7%-2.2%41.4%
Source: FactSet

S&P 500 losers

All sectors of the S&P 500 were down Wednesday. Here are the 10 worst-performing S&P 500 stocks for the day:

Company Ticker Price change - Oct. 10 Price change - Sept. 28 through Oct. 10 Price change - 2018 through Oct. 10 Price change - 2017
Tiffany & Co.(TIF) -10.2%-14.4%6.2%34.3%
Twitter Inc.(TWTR) -8.5%-5.9%11.6%47.3%
Ralph Lauren Corp. Class A(RL) -8.4%-15.0%12.8%14.8%
Tapestry Inc.(TPR) -8.4%-12.9%-1.0%26.3%
Netflix Inc.(NFLX) -8.4%-12.9%69.8%55.1%
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.(AMD) -8.2%-19.1%143.2%-9.3%
CF Industries Holdings Inc.(CF) -8.2%-7.5%18.3%35.1%
Marathon Oil Corp.(MRO) -7.7%-9.1%25.0%-2.2%
TripAdvisor Inc.(TRIP) -7.5%-13.5%28.3%-25.7%
Nvidia Corp.(NVDA) -7.5%-12.6%27.0%81.3%
Source: FactSet
Nasdaq losers

Here are the worst performers among the Nasdaq 100 (NDX):

Company Ticker Price change - Oct. 10 Price change - Sept. 28 through Oct. 10 Price change - 2018 through Oct. 10 Price change - 2017
Netflix Inc.(NFLX) -8.4%-12.9%69.8%55.1%
Nvidia Corp.(NVDA) -7.5%-12.6%27.0%81.3%
Intuit Inc.(INTU) -7.4%-10.1%29.6%37.7%
Align Technology Inc.(ALGN) -7.3%-19.2%42.2%131.1%
Fastenal Co.(FAST) -7.1%-10.9%-5.5%16.4%
CSX Corp.(CSX) -6.8%-6.1%26.4%53.1%
Autodesk Inc.(ADSK) -6.6%-14.5%27.3%41.6%
Adobe Inc.(ADBE) -6.4%-11.9%35.8%70.2%
MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI) -6.2%-6.3%1.4%101.5% Inc.(AMZN) -6.2%-12.4%50.1%56.0%

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