Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Average Stock Faring Worse than Market

While the S&P 500 is down nearly 8.7% from its intraday high in October, the average stock investor is likely feeling far worse. The average stock in the S&P 1500 is down 24% from its 52-week high. Large cap stocks have held up the best with an average decline of 20.35%, while small cap stocks have been hardest hit with an average loss of 28.5%.

On a sector basis, utility stocks have held up the best. Currently, the average stock in that sector is trading about 12% from its 52-week high. Even with oil trading near all-time highs, energy stocks haven't fared as well with the average stock trading nearly 17% from its 52-week high.

Not surprisingly, financial and consumer discretionary stocks have been hit the hardest. The average financial stock is currently down 28% from its 52-week high, while consumer discretionary stocks have lost nearly a third of their value (-31.79%).

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Lunch is for wimps

Lunch is for wimps
It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.