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The final bell: This is how the stock market has ended 2023

The final bell: This is how the stock market has ended 2023
Vinicius Barbosa

As 2023 rings its final bell, the stock market has shown notable resilience and recovery from 2022’s bear market. The spotlight goes to leading stock indexes and the mega-cap tech champions dubbed the “Magnificent 7.”

Notably, investors have encountered a bumpy journey. Most gains arrived early in the year, followed by a retracement in Q3 and an uptrend continuation in the past two months.

Essentially, the US economy showcased perseverance despite the unfavorable odds and fears of a major recession. Corporate earnings also reflected a positive trend, and technology stocks reclaimed their prominence — spearheading the growth.

High-growth sectors excelled dramatically, including tech, telecom, and consumer-based stocks. In contrast, traditionally defensive domains like utilities, healthcare, and consumer staples have not fared as well.

Leading stock indexes performance in 2023

In particular, the Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ: NDX) performance evidences the described journey of tech-stock investors. NDX closed 2023 up 54.90% since January 3, at 16,825 points on December 29.

Nasdaq 100 (NDX) daily chart. Source: TradingView

On the other hand, the S&P 500 (SPX) surged 24.73% year-to-date. This represents a more conservative performance than the Nasdaq Composite but still evidences a winning year for the stock market.

S&P 500 (SPX) daily chart. Source: TradingView

Additionally, the renowned Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained a respectable 13.7% over the same period.

In conclusion, the “Magnificent 7” tech giants underpin the market’s vigor this year. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), (NASDAQ: AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: META), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) have all posted impressive results. Each has more than doubled the S&P 500’s performance for the year.

The robust close to 2023 paints an optimistic picture for investors. Meanwhile, the market demonstrates resilience in the face of challenges and sets the stage for the coming year with much speculation about the movements of interest rates and tech stocks. With the final bell rung, eyes now turn to 2024, eager to see if the growth can sustain its momentum.

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