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Here are Wednesday's biggest losers in the stock market as 97% of S&P 500 companies dropped

By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

Cruise lines took a beating as new coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose to a record

Pre-election jitters and an elevated number of new COVID-19 infections helped send the S&P 500 Index of the largest U.S. stocks down for a third straight session Monday.

There have been a record 500,000 new coronavirus infections in the U.S. over the past week, according to reporting by the New York Times (link).

In the S&P 500, three cruise-line companies were among the 15 worst performers. They are listed below.

-- The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 943 points (or 3.4%) to close at 26,519.95. It is now down 7.1% for 2020. This was the largest one-day decline for the index since June 11.

-- The S&P 500 was down 3.5%, but was still up 1.2% for 2020.

-- The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 3.7%, but was still up 22.6% for 2020.

The Dow

All but one of the components of the Dow were down for the day, with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) showing the greatest decline of 5.1% and Travelers Cos. (TRV) being the lone exception with a 2% gain:

Company                                Ticker  Price change - Oct. 28  Price change - 2020  Decline from all-time intraday high  Date of all-time intraday high 
Microsoft Corp.                        US:MSFT                   -5.1%                28.4%                               -13.1%  09/02/2020 
Visa Inc. Class A                      US:V                   -4.8%                -3.7%                               -16.8%  09/02/2020 
Salesforce.com Inc.                    US:CRM                   -4.7%                46.6%                               -16.2%  09/02/2020 
Apple Inc.                             US:AAPL                   -4.6%                51.5%                               -19.4%  09/02/2020 
Nike Inc. Class B                      US:NKE                   -4.6%                20.5%                                -7.1%  10/21/2020 
Boeing Co.                             US:BA                   -4.6%               -54.5%                               -66.8%  03/01/2019 
Caterpillar Inc.                       US:CAT                   -4.3%                 2.4%                               -12.7%  01/16/2018 
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.          US:WBA                   -3.9%               -41.3%                               -64.5%  08/05/2015 
UnitedHealth Group Inc.                US:UNH                   -3.9%                 4.8%                                -8.2%  10/23/2020 
Coca-Cola Co.                          US:KO                   -3.9%               -13.4%                               -20.2%  02/21/2020 
Walt Disney Co.                        US:DIS                   -3.9%               -18.1%                               -22.8%  11/26/2019 
Chevron Corp.                          US:CVX                   -3.8%               -44.5%                               -50.5%  07/24/2014 
McDonald's Corp.                       US:MCD                   -3.7%                 8.6%                                -7.4%  10/16/2020 
International Business Machines Corp.  US:IBM                   -3.5%               -20.4%                               -50.6%  03/15/2013 
American Express Co.                   US:AXP                   -3.5%               -26.4%                               -33.7%  01/24/2020 
Honeywell International Inc.           US:HON                   -3.4%                -8.9%                               -12.4%  01/17/2020 
Johnson & Johnson                      US:JNJ                   -3.3%                -5.1%                               -11.9%  04/23/2020 
Procter & Gamble Co.                   US:PG                   -3.3%                10.2%                                -5.6%  10/16/2020 
Amgen Inc.                             US:AMGN                   -3.2%               -10.2%                               -18.3%  07/06/2020 
Cisco Systems Inc.                     US:CSCO                   -3.1%               -25.5%                               -56.5%  03/27/2000 
Intel Corp.                            US:INTC                   -3.0%               -26.1%                               -41.6%  08/28/2000 
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.               US:GS                   -3.0%               -17.5%                               -31.1%  03/12/2018 
Dow Inc.                               US:DOW                   -3.0%               -17.4%                               -25.3%  04/04/2019 
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.                US:JPM                   -2.8%               -30.7%                               -31.6%  01/02/2020 
Home Depot Inc.                        US:HD                   -2.6%                23.5%                                -7.9%  08/27/2020 
Merck & Co. Inc.                       US:MRK                   -2.3%               -16.2%                               -17.8%  12/20/2019 
Walmart Inc.                           US:WMT                   -2.0%                17.8%                                -7.5%  09/02/2020 
Verizon Communications Inc.            US:VZ                   -1.9%                -8.3%                                -9.6%  10/04/1999 
3M Co.                                 US:MMM                   -1.6%               -10.1%                               -39.0%  01/26/2018 
Travelers Cos. Inc.                    US:TRV                    2.0%               -11.3%                               -21.7%  07/16/2019 
                                                                                                                                                 Source: FactSet 

Scroll the table to see all the data. You can click on the tickers for more about each company.

S&P 500

On Wednesday, 97% of S&P 500 component stocks ended lower. Here are the day's 15 worst performers in the benchmark index:

Company                                Ticker  Price change - Oct. 28  Price change - 2020  Decline from all-time intraday high  Date of all-time intraday high 
 C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.          US:CHRW                  -11.4%                13.3%  -17.0%  10/08/2020 
 Carnival Corp.                        US:CCL                  -10.6%               -75.8%  -83.1%  01/30/2018 
 Unum Group                            US:UNM                   -9.2%               -43.2%  -73.5%  01/21/1999 
 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.   US:NCLH                   -9.1%               -74.3%  -76.6%  11/02/2015 
 United Parcel Service Inc. Class B    US:UPS                   -8.8%                33.1%  -12.5%  10/21/2020 
 Akamai Technologies Inc.              US:AKAM                   -8.7%                12.8%  -71.8%  01/03/2000 
 Halliburton Co.                       US:HAL                   -8.7%               -53.3%  -84.6%  07/24/2014 
 DexCom Inc.                           US:DXCM                   -8.3%                59.6%  -23.5%  08/07/2020 
 IPG Photonics Corp.                   US:IPGP                   -8.1%                27.9%  -29.8%  01/16/2018 
 Mastercard Inc. Class A               US:MA                   -8.1%                -2.4%  -20.7%  08/28/2020 
 Royal Caribbean Group                 US:RCL                   -7.4%               -60.2%  -60.8%  01/29/2018 
 Diamondback Energy Inc.               US:FANG                   -7.4%               -73.5%  -82.5%  10/03/2018 
 Raytheon Technologies Corp.           US:RTX                   -7.4%               -40.7%  -44.0%  02/11/2020 
 Idex Corp.                            US:IEX                   -7.2%                 0.3%  -11.2%  10/20/2020 
 HollyFrontier Corp.                   US:HFC                   -7.2%               -66.0%  -79.3%  06/04/2018 
                                                                                                                                                 Source: FactSet 

Nasdaq-100

All components of the Nasdq-100 Index declined on Wednesday except for one: Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP).

The day's worst 10 performers among the Nasdaq-100 included several names that had shown high double-digit, or even triple-digit, gains for 2020:

Company                      Ticker  Price change - Oct. 28  Price change - 2020  Decline from all-time intraday high  Date of all-time intraday high 
 DexCom Inc.                 US:DXCM                   -9.0%                59.6%                               -23.5%  08/07/2020 
 Moderna Inc.                US:MRNA                   -7.5%               236.1%                               -31.0%  07/17/2020 
 Ross Stores Inc.            US:ROST                   -7.2%               -26.7%                               -31.3%  02/20/2020 
 Nvidia Corp.                US:NVDA                   -6.1%               114.7%                               -14.3%  09/02/2020 
 Ulta Beauty Inc.            US:ULTA                   -5.9%               -20.4%                               -45.4%  07/17/2019 
 Facebook Inc. Class A       US:FB                   -5.8%                30.4%                               -12.1%  08/26/2020 
 Alphabet Inc. Class A       US:GOOGL                   -5.8%                12.8%                               -12.5%  09/02/2020 
 Booking Holdings Inc.       US:BKNG                   -5.8%               -21.8%                               -28.0%  03/13/2018 
 Autodesk Inc.               US:ADSK                   -5.5%                29.5%                               -11.5%  10/19/2020 
 Microchip Technology Inc.   US:MCHP                   -5.3%                -2.1%                               -12.0%  10/09/2020 
                                                                                                                                        Source: FactSet 

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