The Bankrate Trump Index: How the president’s words affect stocks

President Donald Trump has shown he has the power to move stocks, sometimes with 140 characters or less.Trump’s blasts on Twitter about corporate moves that are “a disaster” or company policies that are “great” have reverberated on Wall Street, sending the shares of his tweet targets plummeting or soaring.Remember to protect your portfolio from market gyrations by maintaining a great money market account.We wondered about the long-term impact of Trump’s words on the stocks in question.Welcome to the Bankrate Trump Index.

The chart shows the performance of stocks that Trump has mentioned, either negatively or positively, in comparison with the S&P 500 index.We wanted to compare the stocks cited by Trump with a broader market index of large-cap stocks. The S&P 500, a market-weighted index, seemed the best choice, since it contains very large companies and less-massive companies, both of which Trump has mentioned. Also, it’s easy to understand.The index has 33 companies, including firms directly mentioned by Trump (often on Twitter) and those connected to Trump-driven news (such as with the naming of a company executive to his administration).The index started officially on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, but we have included data going back to Nov. 9, 2016, the day after America voted Trump into the White House. We continue to add to it as the president tweets.Be sure to explore adding high-yield CDs to your investment roster.
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As a price-weighted index similar to the Dow Jones industrial average, the Bankrate Trump Index is calculated by adding the prices of the component stocks together and dividing by a divisor that started as the number of stocks in the index.The divisor is adjusted to account for the addition of new stocks mentioned by Trump to the index and stock splits, so that only market factors affect the index’s value day-to-day.The index is updated at the end of each trading day.Our data source for stock price information is included in the Bankrate Trump Index:Wells Fargo (WFC)Added: Dec. 11, 2017Trump tweets that fines and penalties against Wells Fargo will not be dropped.
Fines and penalties against Wells Fargo Bank for their bad acts against their customers and others will not be dropped, as has incorrectly been reported, but will be pursued and, if anything, substantially increased. I will cut Regs but make penalties severe when caught cheating!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017Anthem (ANTM)Added: Aug. 10, 2017Trump retweeted a tweet from the “Fox and Friends” show about the insurance provider’s withdrawal from Nevada’s Obamacare exchange. Trump has said the exchanges are doomed to fail because insurers will abandon them en masse.
Anthem announces it will withdraw from ObamaCare Exchange in Nevada
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 8, 2017Corning (GLW)Merck (MRK)Pfizer (PFE)Added: Aug. 10, 2017
Trump touted a partnership between Corning, Merck, and Pfizer to bring manufacturing of pharmaceutical glass packaging to the U.S.
Billions of dollars in investments & thousands of new jobs in America! An initiative via Corning, Merck & Pfizer:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, (AMZN)Added: June 29, 2017Trump unleashed an angry tweet against the ginormous online retailer and The Washington Post after the Post reported that the president’s golf courses had been displaying a fake Time magazine cover with Trump on it. The Post is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017Charter Communications (CHTR)Added: March 27, 2017Cable provider Charter Communications said it would hire 20,000 workers in the U.S. and make a massive $25 billion investment in high-speed internet – two claims Trump attributed to his administration. The claims were first made before the election.Campbell’s Soup (CPB)Added: Feb. 24, 2017“I like Campbell’s Soup,” Trump said, when addressing the CPAC on Feb. 24. The remark got laughs and made headlines.Cisco (CSCO)Added: Feb. 23, 2017In a CNBC story that Trump tweeted, Cisco chairman John Chambers said Trump would be a boon to tech startups.
‘Cisco chairman John Chambers explains how Trump will be a boon to tech startups’
— President Trump (@POTUS) February 23, 2017Aetna (AET)Added: Feb. 15, 2017Aetna CEO said in a news story that Obamacare is in a “death spiral.” Trump tweeted the story with the hashtag #RepealAndReplace.
Aetna CEO: Obamacare in ‘Death Spiral’ #RepealAndReplace
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017Humana (HUM)Added: Feb. 15, 2017Trump tweeted a news story about Humana’s decision to pull out of the Obamacare health exchange as more evidence, in his mind, that the Affordable Care Act was a failure.
Obamacare continues to fail. Humana to pull out in 2018. Will repeal, replace & save healthcare for ALL Americans.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017Intel (INTC)Added: Feb. 8, 2017Trump and Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich announced plans for a major manufacturing facility in Arizona. The plant would employ 3,000 people, officials said. Trump tweeted that it was a “great investment” in American innovation and jobs.
Thank you Brian Krzanich, CEO of @Intel. A great investment ($7 BILLION) in American INNOVATION and JOBS! #AmericaFirst??
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017Nordstrom (JWN)Added: Feb. 8, 2017The department store chain dropped first daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line from its stores on Feb. 3, and Trump tweeted his displeasure.
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017Harley Davidson (HOG)Added: Feb. 1, 2017The Milwaukee motorcycle company canceled a previously scheduled visit by Trump to tour its factory and said it was uncomfortable hosting the president in the face of likely protests.Delta Air Lines (DAL)Added: Jan. 30, 2017Trump criticized Delta during the chaos at airports following his executive order temporarily suspending the United States refugee program.
Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017Disney (DIS)Added: Jan. 25, 2017David Muir of ABC News had the first interview with Trump in the White House. Disney owns ABC Television Group.
Interview with David Muir of @ABC News in 10 minutes. Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 201721st Century Fox (FOXA)Added: Jan. 25, 2017Trump praised Fox News – and slammed rival CNN — for its ratings for inauguration coverage.
Congratulations to @FoxNews for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS @CNN – public is smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)Added: Jan. 24, 2017Trump tweeted a picture of himself signing orders to move forward with two pipeline projects. One was the Dakota Access pipeline, owned by this Dallas-based Fortune 500 company.
Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017TransCanada Corporation (TRP)Added: Jan. 24, 2017This Canadian energy company owns the other project, the Keystone XL pipeline.Walmart (WMT)Added: Jan. 17, 2017Trump praised Walmart, which had said it would create 10,000 U.S. jobs in 2017, for “starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!”
Thank you to General Motors and Walmart for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017NBC (Owned by Comcast) (CMCSA)Added: Jan. 15, 2017Trump routinely criticized NBC and “Saturday Night Live,” calling the show “the worst of NBC.” In following its longtime tradition, the show satirized Trump and numerous other members of his administration.
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017Fiat Chrysler (FCAU)Added: Jan. 9, 2017Trump specifically mentioned Fiat, praising the car company’s decision to expand in Michigan and the United States.
Ford said last week that it will expand in Michigan and U.S. instead of building a BILLION dollar plant in Mexico. Thank you Ford & Fiat C!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017Time Warner (TWX)AT&T (T)Added: Jan. 5, 2017Trump was reported to oppose the mega-merger of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. because “it would concentrate too much power in the media industry.”Toyota (TM)Added: Jan. 5, 2017Trump tweeted a threat to Toyota, warning it not to build a plant in Mexico. “NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.”Sprint (S)Added: Jan. 3, 2017Trump tweeted a story about the telecommunications company’s decision to move 5,000 jobs to the United States. Trump said he brokered the deal.
“Trump is already delivering the jobs he promised America”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017General Motors (GM)Added: Jan. 3, 2017Trump tweeted a threat of a “big border tax” to General Motors because he said the automaker was “sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border.”
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017Ford Motor (F)Added: Jan. 3, 2017Trump tweeted a story about Ford’s decision to scrap a Mexico plant and instead invest in Michigan “due to Trump policies.”
“@DanScavino: Ford to scrap Mexico plant, invest in Michigan due to Trump policies”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017Time Magazine (TIME)Added: Dec. 15, 2016Time named Trump its “Person of the Year.” Trump called it a “great honor.”
Thank you to Time Magazine and Financial Times for naming me “Person of the Year” – a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016Twitter (TWTR)Added: Dec. 14, 2016Twitter executives claimed they were “bounced” from a meeting with Trump. CEO Jack Dorsey believed the reason was his role in rejecting an anti-Hillary Clinton emoji — a rejection that brought public complaints from Trump’s campaign.ExxonMobil (XOM)Added: Dec. 12, 2016Trump selected ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson to be his secretary of state.Dow Chemical (DOW)Added: Dec. 9, 2016Trump announced that Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris would head the American Manufacturing Council in his administration.Lockheed Martin (LMT)Added: Dec. 6, 2016Trump tweeted about the defense contractor and said he asked rival Boeing for a price comparison of a Lockheed product.
Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016Boeing (BA)Added: Dec. 6, 2016Trump criticized the aerospace company for its projected cost to produce the next generation of Air Force One.
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016Rexnord (RXN)On May 9, 2017, added retroactively to index beginning Dec. 2, 2016 Trump rebuked the company for moving jobs to Mexico.
Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers. This is happening all over our country. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016Goldman Sachs (GS)Added: Nov. 29, 2016Trump announced Goldman Sachs alumnus Steven Mnuchin as his pick to head the Treasury Department.United Technologies (UTX)Added: Nov. 29, 2016Carrier, which is owned by United Technologies, announced it would keep jobs 1,000 jobs in the United States. Trump proudly took credit for the company’s decision.
Big day on Thursday for Indiana and the great workers of that wonderful state.We will keep our companies and jobs in the U.S. Thanks Carrier
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2016JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)Added: Nov. 16, 2016The Trump transition team indicated it was interested in having JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon join the administration as treasury secretary. Dimon turned down the invitation.The New York Times (NYT)Added: Nov. 9, 2016Trump has routinely criticized The New York Times for its coverage of him and for its editorial direction. This tweet is just one example.
Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2016
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