How Did the Stock Market Perform in 2014?

The stock market rose in 2014, reports CNN. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial indexes rose 7.5 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively. During 2014, the stock market rebounded from temporary slumps related to the war in Ukraine, the Ebola crisis and Federal Reserve policies.

The best market days of 2014 occurred in December, says CNN. For the third year in a row, the S&P 500 achieved growth of over 10 percent. This was the first streak of its kind since the 1990s. The U.S unemployment rate fell by over 15 percent. Inflation stayed within manageable limits, and the overall economic growth rate accelerated. In the S&P 500, the highest-performing companies were utility firms, with health care and technology companies following close behind.

Wall Street's performance in 2014 was particularly positive in light of the year's worldwide commodities collapse, states Wall Street Daily. The CRB Commodity Index dropped to its lowest level in more than five years. In 2014, Southwest Airlines had the single best-performing stock, which gained 126 percent over the course of the year. Treasury bonds performed surprisingly well in 2014, particularly 30-year Treasuries. Overall, the U.S stock market performed better in 2014 than the aggregate developed-world markets, which lost roughly 6 percent.