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The Best- and the Worst-Performing Stocks of First Quarter 2001

No matter how you slice it, it was an ugly first quarter.

However, there were some winners -- big ones, in fact. The list below shows the best of the best on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. The general theme among the Big Board winners is retail, while a few beaten-down old tech stocks turned it around during this first quarter on the Nasdaq.

The Best of Both Worlds
The top 15 performers on the Big Board and the Nasdaq for the first quarter 2001 with a minimum market capitalization of $1 billion*
NYSE Nasdaq
Company Name Quarterly Return Company Name Quarterly Return
Rite Aid 191.4% Earthlink 132.3%
Service Corp. Int'l 148 Nvidia 111
Arch Coal 115.6 Network Associates 85.1
Advanced Micro Devices 104.9 Lam Research 77.6
Massey Energy 97 Efficient Networks 75.2
Dillard's 85.1 Electronic For Imaging 74
Kmart 81.6 Informix 65.3
Blockbuster 75.5 Compuware 56.5
Abercrombie & Fitch 64.3 Dell Computer 54.5
Visx 58.9 Radio One 52
Owens-Illinois 52.6 Apple Computer 51.5
Cendant 50.6 ASE Test 42.6
Toys 'R Us 49.6 Worldcom 36.2
Freeport-MCM 49 Semtech 34.8
Autonation 48.3 Electronic Arts 31.7
*Through March 29.

A list of the losers is practically synonymous with tech, on both the Big Board and the Nasdaq.

The Worst of Both Worlds
The bottom 15 performers on the Big Board and the Nasdaq for the first quarter 2001 with a minimum market capitalization of $1 billion*
NYSE Nasdaq
Applera - App Biosystems -71.6% Ariba -85.1%
Corning -62.2 TIBCO Software -83.1
Nortel Networks -57.9 Brocade Communications -78.9
EMC -55.4 Applied Micro Circuits -77.3
C-Mac Industries -53.6 Emulex -76.8
Perkinelmer -52.9 Webmethods -75.5
Celestica -49.3 Network Appliance -74.6
Amer Tower -49.2 i2 Technologies -74.4
Entravision Communications -48.3 Handspring -74.3
Primedia -47.6 Research in Motion -73.8
Computer Sciences -46.8 Sycamore Networks -73.4
Waters -46.6 Corvis -72.7
Charles Schwab -46.1 Palm -71.7
Agilent Technologies -45.2 Redback Networks -70.5
Solectron -44.8 Interwoven -70
Genentech -40.7 Qlogic -69.7
*Through COB 3/29/01. Minimum market cap of $1 billion.

A look at the performance of the 15 biggest stocks according to market capitalization reveals that 11 of the giants were underwater for the first period of 2001.

The Big Ones*
Company Name Market Cap ($ billions) Quarterly Return*
General Electric 410.2 -13.6%
Microsoft 295.5 27.7
Exxon Mobil 272.2 -9.9
Pfizer 252.3 -13.1
Wal-Mart 226.1 -4.7
Citigroup 224.5 -12.5
BP Amoco 183.3 1.6
American International Group 181.8 -20.8
GlaxoSmithKline 179.6 -8.4
Intel 178.8 -12.2
AOL Time Warner 176.3 17.1
Merck 171.1 -20.7
IBM 166.7 11.8
Vodafone Group 165.7 -22.1
SBC Communications 147.2 -8.9
*returns through 3/29/01

Lastly, it's worth your time -- if you can stomach the pain -- to examine the performance of various sectors. Every S&P sector is in negative territory for the first quarter.

Sector Blues*
S&P Sector Q1 2001 Return
Consumer Discretionary -0.4%
Telecom -1.4
Materials -6.5
Energy -8.8
Utilities -9.6
Consumer Staples -11.4
Industrials -11.8
Financials -12.1
Healthcare -15.8
Infotech -26.2
S&P 500 Index -13.1
Source: Standard & Poor's *returns through 3/29/01

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