Slideshow January Defect: 5 Worst-Performing Dow Stocks

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  • February 01 2012, 12:52am EST
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January Defect: 5 Worst-Performing Dow Stocks

They call it the “January Effect.”

Whether it’s the by-product of those Wall Street guys reinvesting their year-end bonuses or individual investors jumping back into the market after selling for year-end tax reasons, the Dow Jones Industrial Average historically gets a nice little (and sometimes huge) bump during the first month of the year.

This January was no exception.

The Dow rallied up 415.35 points, or 3.4%, in January – the best January percentage gain since 1997.

But for some stocks, the year didn’t get off to a very auspicious start. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time left this year to rebound.

Here’s an interactive slide show highlighting the 5 worst-performing Dow component stocks for January 2012:

1. Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)<br><br>

Closing price on Dec. 30: $40.12


Closing price on Jan. 31: $37.66


Percentage loss: -6.1%


2011 Performance Ranking (Out of 30): 10th, +12.1%

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2. Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG)<br><br>

Closing price on Dec. 30: $66.71


Closing price on Jan. 31: $63.04


Percentage loss: -5.5%


2011 Performance Ranking (Out of 30): 17th, +3.7%

3. Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO)<br><br>

Closing price on Dec. 30: $69.97


Closing price on Jan. 31: $67.53


Percentage loss: -3.5%


2011 Performance Ranking (Out of 30): 13th, +6.4%

4. Chevron (NYSE: NYSE: CVX)<br><br>

Closing price on Dec. 30: $106.40


Closing price on Jan. 31: $103.12


Percentage loss: -3.1%


2011 Performance Ranking (Out of 30): 6th, +16.6%

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5. AT&T (NYSE: T)<br><br>

Closing price on Dec. 30: $30.24


Closing price on Jan. 31: $29.41


Percentage loss: -2.7%


2011 Performance Ranking (Out of 30): 18th, +2.9%


Also see:


January Effect: 5 Best-Performing Dow Stocks


The 10 Best-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011


The 10 Worst-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011