Posts Tagged ‘ S&P 500 ’

Slight Decline In Aftermarket Stock Index While S&P Gains

January 2011 saw the first decline for the Hedges Aftermarket Stock Index since July 2010. The 5% decline in stock value was halted in February and the Index rebounded 4% through April. In comparison, the S&P 500 increased 2% in January, 2% in February, and 3% in April. The S&P increase may be attributed to an uptick in the Consumer Confidence Index that is approaching a 9 month high. However, a combination of a strong new car market and increased oil prices may negatively affect the aftermarket in months to come. Automakers are expecting to reach sales figures of...

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How will 2011 be for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry?

How will 2011 be for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry?

Happy New Year for the automotive aftermarket industry! Following up on our popular blog post “What If You Invested $1,000 in Automotive Aftermarket Companies” the Hedges & Company Automotive Aftermarket Index finished 2010 with a 48% gain. In a dramatic comparison, the S&P 500 only increased 11% in 2010. Not only did the Hedges & Company Automotive Aftermarket Index outperform the S&P, but aside from a slight blip in June and July, the rise was steady and constant. Compared to the 2008 baseline (gray line in chart), 2010 was clearly a breakout year. The index bounced around the baseline...

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Auto Aftermarket is a Bright Spot In A Cloudy Economy

Auto Aftermarket is a Bright Spot In A Cloudy Economy

While economists report that the U.S. economy is “bumping along the bottom,” the Hedges & Company Aftermarket Stock Index continues its climb that started in March 2009. That’s right, March 2009, three months before the “Great Recession” was officially declared over. The stock index is comprised of over 20 publicly-traded automotive aftermarket SEMA-member/Auto Care Association-member companies and has steadily grown over 72%, March 2009 to November 2010. The chart below compares the stock index with the S&P 500. The S&P 500 does appear to bumping along the bottom with a hint of a slow recovery. In contrast, the Hedges...

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What if You Invested $1,000 in Automotive Aftermarket Companies?

What if You Invested $1,000 in Automotive Aftermarket Companies?

Also see our update on this topic, posted November 2, 2010 If you invested $1,000 in the S&P 500 and $1,000 in a representative group of publicly-traded automotive aftermarket companies on January 1, 2008, how would your investment look today? You may be surprised. Starting with a baseline of January 2008, Hedges & Company tracked over 20 publicly-traded automotive aftermarket companies and compared that to the S&P 500. As the chart  reveals, the downturn in the economy devastated the S&P 500 but the stock value of aftermarket companies did very well starting in the summer of 2009. To put...

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