How the Stock Market Is Responding to President Joe Biden — And What That Means for Your Investments

John Csiszar
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Whenever there is a changeover in the White House, particularly when there is a change in party, certain stocks tend to move more than others. In some cases, these moves might be related to the economic policies of the incoming administration. However, other moves might be tied to the time of year, to the prevailing sentiment in the stock market or to other factors that have nothing to do with politics.

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To determine which stocks have made the biggest moves up and down since the Biden administration took power, GOBankingRates looked at closing prices for all the stocks in the S&P 500 index on Jan. 19 — the last full day the Trump administration was in office — and compared them with stock prices as of Feb. 11. The top 10 biggest movers, both higher and lower, were recorded. Price changes in the three major stock market indices were analyzed as well.

The Biden administration has only been in office for less than one month as of this writing, so this list is likely to change as the new president’s policies begin to bear fruit in the economy, but it’s a look at where you could be making and losing money. However, for the time being, these are the biggest stock winners and losers thus far under the new occupants in the White House.

Last updated: Feb. 22, 2021

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Financial stock exchange market display screen board on the street.

Top 3 Overall Indices

The three major market indices are the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index. Each index represents a different area of the market, although there is some overlap among the indices. Here’s a look at how the market in general, as defined by these three indices, has performed under the Biden administration.

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A screen shows the Dow Jones industrial average on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, New York, USA, on 15 January 2020.
A screen shows the Dow Jones industrial average on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, New York, USA, on 15 January 2020.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $30,930.52

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $31,430.70

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $500.18

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 1.62%

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S&P 500 Index, stocks
S&P 500 Index, stocks

S&P 500 Index

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $3,798.91

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $3,916.38

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $117.47

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 3.09%

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Financial data analysis graph showing global market trends.

Nasdaq Composite

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $13,197.18

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $14,025.77

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $828.59

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 6.28%

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Twitter app on smartphone

Top 10 Best Performing Stocks Under Biden So Far

The best performing stocks under the Biden administration thus far represent a mixed bag, although the list is dominated by communications companies. Overall, the top 10 performers have done quite well in a very short period of time, with all of them posting double-digit percentage increases. The top name on the list, Twitter, has already popped nearly 50% in less than one month, representing about five years’ worth of average stock market gains in a scant 23 days.

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 7: The Twitter logo is shown in front of the NYSE on November 7, 2013 in New York.

Twitter Inc. (TWTR)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $45.93

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $67.77

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $21.84

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 47.55%

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12, 2019: VIACOMCBS brand logo sign at headquarters building entrance at Times Square.

ViacomCBS Inc. Cl. B (VIAC)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $43.75

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $56.57

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $12.82

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 29.30%

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Travelling to Dubai see modern and new contractions BURJ KHALIFA & DUBAI MALL, Ajman seaside very beautiful Mosque dated 27/02/2017.

Discovery Communications A (DISCA)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $36.15

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $45.07

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $8.92

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 24.67%

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Under Armour (UAA)
Under Armour (UAA)

Under Armour (UAA)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $18.13

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $22.45

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $4.32

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 23.83%

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NEW YORK - APRIL 26, 2018: Fox News Channel at the News Corporation headquarters building in New York City. News Corporation is an American diversified multinational mass media corporation

News Corporation Cl. B (NWS)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $18.33

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $22.61

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $4.28

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 23.35%

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Sign for the Hanes Brands store at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Hanesbrands Inc (HBI)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $15.42

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $18.73

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $3.31

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 21.47%

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H&R Block tax service

H&R Block (HRB)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $16.41

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $19.71

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $3.30

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 20.11%

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A new house being built in the suburbs of Las Vegas.

Lennar Corporation (LEN)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $78.24

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $93.67

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $15.43

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 19.72%

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MGM Grand hotel in Vegas

MGM Resorts International (MGM)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $30.53

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $36.47

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $5.94

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 19.46%

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certified ethical hacker

CDW Corporation (CDW)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $132.97

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $157.34

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: $24.37

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: 18.33%

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March 8, 2020 Sunnyvale / CA / USA - DuPont Silicon Valley Technology & Innovation Center offices; DuPont de Nemours, Inc is an American company operating in the chemicals industry;.

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The worst performing stocks thus far under the Biden administration are primarily concentrated in the pharmaceutical, chemical and energy industries. Losses haven’t been as great as the gains in the top 10 stocks, with the average drop running a bit over 11%. Whether these stocks represent a temporary buying opportunity or if they will continue to lag throughout the Biden administration is a decision that investors will have to make.

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Dow-DuPont

Du Pont de Nemours Inc. (DD)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $84.46

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $70.32

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$14.14

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -16.74%

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electric car battery

Albemarle Corporation (ALB)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $185.25

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $156.05

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$29.20

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -15.76%

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offshore oil drilling rig

Technipfmc PLC (FTI)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $11.72

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $10.36

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$1.36

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -11.60%

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natural gas plant

Air Products and Chemicals (APD)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $285.66

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $253.58

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$32.08

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -11.23%

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Qualcomm tech stock
Qualcomm tech stock

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $163.77

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $145.50

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$18.27

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -11.16%

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Progressive auto insurance job growth

Progressive Corporation (PGR)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $96.19

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $85.53

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$10.66

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -11.08%

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Assurant Inc. (AIZ)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $142.98

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $128.43

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$14.55

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -10.18%

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Pills in a Pharmaceutical Industry.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $66.74

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $60.00

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$6.74

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -10.10%

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Merck-and-Co-Inc

Merck & Company (MRK)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $83.19

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $74.89

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$8.30

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -9.98%

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Electronic technician holding tweezers and assemblin a circuit board.

Qorvo Inc. (QRVO)

  • Jan. 19 Closing Price: $185.67

  • Feb. 11 Closing Price: $168.17

  • $ Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -$17.50

  • % Change From Jan. 19 to Feb. 11: -9.43%

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Methodology: To find out how the stock market is responding to the new Biden administration, GOBankingRates first looked at the three major stock market indices: the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Composite. For these three indices GOBankingRates looked at (1) closing price on Jan. 19, 2021 (the last FULL day of the Trump administration); (2) closing price on Feb. 10, 2021; (3) the total gain or loss in share price; and (4) the percent change in share price between those two dates, all sourced from Yahoo Finance. GOBankingRates then did the same data collecting for all components of the S&P 500 index, sourced from Barchart on Feb. 11, 2021, to find the (5) top 10 best performing stocks under the new Biden administration in terms of percent change and (6) top 10 worst performing stocks under the new Biden administration in terms of percent change. All sourcing for factors (5) and (6) were pulled from Google Finance. If two class of the same stock were included on either top 10 list, ONLY the class stock with the worst or best performance, respective of category, since Biden was inaugurated was included. All data is up to date as of market close on Feb. 11, 2021.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: How the Stock Market Is Responding to President Joe Biden — And What That Means for Your Investments