The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the first quarter down about 120 points from where it ended 2013, which represents a minimal decline of 0.7%. As of the close today, 18 of the 30 Dow stocks are in the red for the year, while 12 are in the black.
Below is a look at the year-to-date performance numbers for the Dow 30, and we also provide where each member is currently trading within its normal range (overbought, oversold or neutral). A detailed description of how to read the screen is provided at the bottom of this post, but basically, the dot is where the stock is currently trading, while the tail is where it was trading one week ago. Moves into the red zone mean the stock is "overbought," or extended above its normal range, while moves into the green zone mean the stock is "oversold," or extended below its normal range.
Merck (MRK) was the top Dow stock in Q1 with a gain of 13.43%. Microsoft (MSFT) ranked second at +9.57%, followed closely by Caterpillar (CAT) at +9.43%. On the downside, Boeing (BA) fell the most at -8.06%, with General Electric (GE) and Goldman Sachs (GS) not far behind at -7.6%. Nike (NKE) was the fourth worst Dow performer in Q1 at -6.41%.
While the majority of Dow stocks are in the red for the year, they have actually been doing well lately. You can see the upside momentum in the screen because most of the dots are green and to the right of their tails, meaning they are up versus where they were a week ago. 17 of the 30 Dow stocks are currently "overbought," or more than one standard deviation above their 50-days, while just 1 of 30 is oversold (Visa). Stocks like Cisco (CSCO), Intel (INTC), Chevron (CVX), McDonald's (MCD), 3M (MMM), Procter & Gamble (PG), Microsoft (MSFT), United Tech (UTX) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) all had strong finishes to Q1.
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