Here are our 4 best stocks — and 4 worst stocks — of the first quarter

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on March 22, 2023 in New York City.

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The S&P 500 concluded a topsy-turvy — yet winning — first quarter of 2023 on Friday, overcoming a shock to the U.S. banking system in March to rise around 7%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite proved to be the real standout, soaring nearly 17%. The 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average, meanwhile, eked out a roughly 0.4% gain.

Stocks’ rip-roaring January eased in February, with all three major Wall Street indexes finishing lower in that month. Then came the failure of three U.S. banks within days of each other starting March 8, which spooked investors and further stoked recession fears. The S&P 500 briefly went negative for the year on March 15, a rough session defined by banking concerns spreading to Europe. But as the bank crisis stabilized over the past two weeks, the averages more than bounced back.

Here’s a look at the best and worst performers in the Club’s 36-stock portfolio for the first quarter, beginning with the top four gainers.

Tech stocks lead the way

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang speaks at a press conference on Jan. 7, 2018.

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First quarter laggards

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Here are our 4 best stocks — and 4 worst stocks — of the first quarter

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