Stocks fell on Friday during the final day of the worst year for the market since 2008, with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite all plummeting.
As of closing time on Friday evening, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by nearly 3,500 points since the start of the year, a 9.4 percent drop.
The S&P 500 was also down by 957 points this year, with the tech-heavy index falling by almost 20 percent, capping off a brutal year for the tech industry.
Meanwhile, the Nasdaq sunk by more than 5,600 points, a nearly 34 percent decline in 2022.
The largest company to see the biggest losses this year was Tesla, which overtook Meta after its stock value plummet by nearly 70 percent as CEO Elon Musk instructed his employees to not be ‘bothered by stock market craziness.’
Stocks plummeted on the final day of trading for 2022, with the Dow Jones down by nearly 3,500 points in the worst year for the market since 2008
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also saw huge drops this year, falling by nearly 20 percent and 34 percent, respectively, capping off a rough year for the tech sector
Pictured: Traders on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange hours before the market closes
Along with Tesla, the Match Group, the company behind the online dating service Match.com, saw a 69 percent drop in share value this year.
The biggest winners and losers of 2023
Chevron – Up 50.50%
Merck – Up 44.33%
Travelers Companies – Up 20.34%
Caterpillar – Up 15.50%
Amigen – Up 14.90%
Telsa – Down 69.54%
Match Group- Down 69.09%
Meta – Down 64.84%
PayPal – Down 63.90%
Amazon – Down 51.21%
The dating company has only been in the public trading market since the summer of 2020, and struggled to find its footing during the height of the pandemic.
Facebook-parent company Meta Platforms and PayPal have also seen the steepest drops this year, which has been particularly hard on the tech industry fueled by supply chain shortages.
The company has lost more than $600 billion in valuation as it spend billions to make its controversial leap to virtual reality with its Metaverse, with the efforts continuing to come up short.
Meta has since engaged in a hiring freeze and laid off thousands of employees.
PayPal faired no better as it saw its own shares fall from $187 at the start of the year to now only worth $71 as its stock plummeted by more than 63 percent.
Amazon also suffered heavy loses this year, with its stock down more than 50 percent, and Apple saw the largest market capital loss of any big company
Investors with the iPhone maker lost $851 in their holdings as the stock dropped by nearly 29 percent this year.
Along with the drops in the tech industry, some of the biggest names in entertainment also saw their values sink.
Tesla saw the biggest loses among the largest companies in the US, falling nearly 70 percent
Meta followed with a drop of nearly 65 percent following Mark Zuckerberg’s push for investments in the Metaverse, which the company is now cutting back on
Along with Facebook and Meta, the Match Group led the biggest loses, with the online dating service provider seeing its stock value sink by 69 percent
Following a tumultuous year that saw hundreds of employees fired and more than 200,000 subscribers lost, Netflix has seen its stock drop by more than 50 percent in 2022.
Things weren’t looking any better over at Disney, which has become embroiled in political battles with Florida lawmakers over the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill.’
The House of Mouse has seen its stock drop by more than 44 percent this year, with its shares currently trading at just over $85.
The losses at the company were largely attributed to ousted CEO Bob Chapek, who was replaced with his former mentor and Disney golden boy Bob Iger, who allegedly told executives that his successor was doing a ‘terrible job.’
PayPal was not far behind with its share prices dropping by nearly 64 percent
Amazon had comparable loses, with its stock sinking more than 50 percent
Apple saw the biggest loss for investor value, with its stock plummeting nearly 29 percent
Since Chapek took over the company, it has been blasted as becoming too woke as the House of Mouse further mishandled its relations with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the bill, which bars teachers of students in third grade and below from discussing sexuality.
As a result, DeSantis decided to strip Disney World of its special tax privileges.
Disney is also facing pressure from park workers who have demanded wage increases as long-time employees say they’re ‘grossly underpaid’ while the company enjoys $3.6 billion in profits over their work.
Warner Bros. Discovery also saw some of the biggest losses this year, with its stock falling by nearly 63 percent this year.
The troubled company has laid off dozens of employees as it lost $3 billion on making content, with new CEO David Zaslav vowing to recoup the losses through cost cutting measures in order to hit $12 billion in earnings for 2023.
The entertainment industry was hit just as hard, with Netflix down more than 50 percent
Disney has end eda tumultuous year down more than 44 percent
Warner Bros. Discovery also saw huge loses with its stock crashing by nearly 63 percent
While big tech and entertainment suffered this year, the energy sector saw some its largest gains as the industry as a whole saw stocks rise by nearly 60 percent.
The biggest winner was Chevron, which saw its stock soar by more than 50 percent since January.
Along with the energy sector, healthcare companies also saw big wins, especially pharmaceutical companies.
The winner in that race was Merck, which launched its blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda, seeing its stock soar by more than 44 percent this year.
Chevron saw the biggest gains of the year, with the energy industry thriving as a whole
Pharmaceutical companies also saw big gains, and leading the way was Merck following its blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda