Market Perform

MarketWatch  Dec 11  Comment 
Analysts at Cowen initiated coverage of Square Inc. with a market perform rating on Monday. The analysts, led by George Mihalos, are upbeat about Square's efforts to expand beyond its traditional payment-processing business and into new areas...
Benzinga  Sep 14  Comment 
BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage of Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: FND) at Market Perform, as it believes its valuation reflects strong growth prospects. Therefore, the firm said it is awaiting a potential better entry point,...
MarketWatch  Jul 14  Comment 
Shares of Snap Inc. were falling 1.6% Friday morning after the stock was downgraded to market perform from outperform at Cowen Research. John Blackledge, lead analyst on the note, downgraded the stock based on increased competition for...
MarketWatch  Apr 4  Comment 
Shares of Alphabet Inc. sank 1% in premarket trade Tuesday after the stock was downgraded to market perform from outperform at BMO Capital Markets. The downgrade was related to Amazon Inc.'s ad business, which the analysts see growing...


The term Market Perform refers to investments that have seen equivalent returns compared to the market in general. In reference to stocks, market performance is typically gauged by a benchmark index, such as the S&P 500 (.SPX-E) or the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJIA). Investments that see better or worse returns than the market in general are said to out perform or under perform the market, respectively.


  • A man buys shares in an index fund that tracks the S&P500. At the end of a given year his investment has appreciated identically to the index. As the S&P is used as a benchmark for the market in general, the man's investment has market performed.
  • A woman buys stock in three companies at the beginning of the year. Six months later, those three companies have combined to provide 28% returns on her initial investment. The benchmark indices, by contrast, have only shown 17% returns over that time frame. The woman has outperformed the market.
  • A man buys a managed mutual fund that seeks to beat the market. In the year he was invested in the fund he saw 12% returns. However, in that same time frame both the S&P 500 (.SPX-E) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJIA) see returns above 15%. The man has under performed the market.
  • A woman purchases shares of an ETF, which she holds for two years. After this period of time, the value of the shares have declined 9%. However, benchmark indices have ALSO declined about 9% over that same time frame. The woman's investment has thus market performed.

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