December's Best And Worst Performing Dow 30 Components

By Investopedia Staff | January 03, 2011 AAA

On a day-to-day basis, most stock tend not to have dramatic price movements. However, material news/information that is fundamental to an industry, sector or stock's business does get released periodically. This type of news has the potential to move a stock by several percentage points (in either direction). While it is a measure of prestige, a stock's inclusion into the Dow 30 (DJIA) does not protect the stock to downward movements.
But even if a stock has already moved, it might still warrant a look. After good news, a stock may increase in value, but this momentum can often continue on for more upside. Likewise, bad news often knocks down a stock's price more than is warranted, causing it to sell at bargain levels until the price moves back up.

Check out which Dow 30 components made the biggest moves in December. By comparison, the entire DJIA was up +5.19% and the S&P 500 was up 6.53% over the same period. (For related reading, see How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?)

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December's Best-Performing Dow 30 Stocks

Company %Change
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) +21.82%
Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) +17.26%
The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) +16.05%
General Electric (NYSE:GE)
+15.53%

JP Morgan Chase & Co.(NYSE:JPM)
+13.41%

December's Worst-Performing Dow 30 Stocks

Company %Change
McDonald\'s Corp. (NYSE:MCD) -1.97%
American Express Company. (NYSE:AXP) -0.69%
Intel Corporation. (Nasdaq:INTC) -0.60%
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) +0.41%
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) +0.49%

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