Comparing the Annualized Growth Rates of the DJIA, S&P500 and NASDAQ in the United States Between Any Two Dates
This comparator computes the change in the daily closing price of each index between any two days from when the indexes are first published to the present. If the market was not open on one of the dates you select, the next closest date is used. The answer is the annualized percentage change between the two days compounded daily (Note: data are updated daily).
To compare the growth rate of one period with another, you can add as many ranges as you wish.
The most recent closing values of the data set are for February 22, 2018, and are 24962.48 for the DJIA, 2703.96 for the S&P500, and 7210.09 for the NASDAQ.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was first published on October 7, 1896. The series presented here has been extended back to May 2, 1885 using the Dow Jones Average. (See Daily Closing Values of the Dow Jones Average.) The Standard and Poor's 500 (S&P 500) was first reported daily on March 4, 1957, and the NASDAQ (an abbreviation for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) started on February 8, 1971.
The largest percentage one-day decrease for all three indexes was on October 19, 1987, when the DJIA dropped 507.99 to 1,738.74, the S&P 500 fell from 282.70 to 224.84, and the NASDAQ went from 406.3 to 360.2. The annualized growth rate for each of these would be -100% since if this rate of decrease continued for a year, each index would be zero long before a year was out.
In the 60 years that the S&P 500 has been published daily, the greatest one-day increase was on October 13, 2008 when it increase from 899.22 to 1003.05, or a 11.6% increase for that one day.
The largest percentage increase in the DJIA average was on March 15, 1933, when the index increased 8.26 to close at 62.10. This is a one day increase of 15.34%. The largest weekly increase was in August of 1932 when it went up 27.37 %. The more recent record is late Nonvember 2008 when it went us 16.91%.
For the NASDAQ, the largest increase was January 3, 2001 when it rose 324.83 to 2616.69 for a one day increase of 14.17%
Here are tables of the three indexes from the largest one day percentage drop to the largest percentage increase; and for the DJI, the data for two, three, four, five, six and seven day periods.
The annualize rate of all three of these record days increases are astronomical having percentages with up to 23 digits.
Samuel H. Williamson, "Annualized Growth Rate and Graphs of the DJIA, S&P500, and NASDAQ in the United States Between Any Two Dates,"
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