Timing the market is easily one of the most difficult parts of trading. In particular, calling the market bottom and knowing when to get in is usually something investors only know way after the fact. 24/7 Wall St. is looking back to when the S&P 500 bottomed back in March 2009 to see how some of the major blue chips have fared since then.
Back on March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 bottomed out at 666.79, and from there began perhaps the biggest bull market of the modern era. At the most recent close, the S&P 500 was at 2,747.30, more than quadrupling its bottom nearly nine years ago.
So how does this stack up against General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE)?
On an adjusted close basis, GE closed March 6, 2009, at $5.27 a share, and at $7.06 on an unadjusted basis. GE most recently closed at $14.50 on an adjusted basis.
At first glance, we can see that GE’s growth over this nine-year period was outpaced by the S&P 500. Specifically, the stock saw its shares gain roughly 175%.
If you had invested $1,000 in GE back then, you would have $2,751.42 as of Friday’s close.
Over the past 52 weeks, GE has underperformed the broad markets, with its shares down about 52%. In just 2018 alone, GE is down 17%.
Shares of GE were last seen trading at $14.49, with a consensus analyst price target of $18.57 and a 52-week range of $14.23 to $30.54.