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Deep Dive: These 20 stocks performed the best over the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency

The S&P 500 Index has risen 8.5% since Jan. 20, led by so-called recovery plays including retailers and energy companies. Read More...

(Updates story with closing prices through April 30, President Biden’s 100th day in office.)

Joe Biden has had a spectacular run — especially in the stock market. Friday was his his 100th day in office.

During the new president’s first 100 days in office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.54% rose 8.6% and the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.72% advanced 8.5%.

Best performers in the S&P 500

Here are the 20 stocks among the S&P 500 that have had the highest total returns (with dividends reinvested) since Biden took office Jan. 20. There’s a second column showing returns since Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020):

Those are excellent returns. From the close Nov. 3, the S&P 500 was up 24.1% through April 30.

At the close on Election Day, the S&P 500 had bounced back 51% from its coronavirus pandemic closing low on March 23, 2020. But it was up only 4% for 2020.

So some of the companies on this list have to be considered recovery plays, especially retailers such as Gap Inc. GPS, -2.22% and L Brands Inc. LB, -1.13%


The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.85% rose 3.8% during Biden’s first 100 days in office. The Nasdaq-100 Index NDX, -0.78%, which includes the largest 100 non-financial companies in the full Nasdaq, was up 4.2%. This index is tracked by the Invesco QQQ Trust ETF QQQ, -0.66%.

Here are the 20 best performers among the Nasdaq-100 during Biden’s first 100 days in office:

So Moderna Inc. MRNA, +1.79% takes the Nasdaq-100 prize for Biden’s first 100 days. The Covid-19 vaccine developer’s stock is up 159% since Election Day.

In case you are wondering, shares of Tesla Inc. TSLA, +4.79% fell 17% during Biden’s first 100 days in office, for the fifth-worst performance in the Nasdaq-100. The worst performer in the Nasdaq-100 during Biden’s first 100 days was Peloton Interactive Inc. PTON, -0.56%, which was down 37%.

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