2022 marked the worst year for the S&P 500 since 2008 as the broad market index dropped 19.4%.

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Savvy investors understand that bear markets provide excellent purchasing opportunities.

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The S&P 500's worst-performing shares from the previous year are a great place to start if you're seeking for deals.

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Who made the list may surprise you.

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(NYSE: GNRC) was among the companies that soared during the epidemic but drastically declined during the subsequent year. 

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No4. Generac Holdings (down 71.4%)

(NASDAQ: MTCH) Like Generac, Match saw a surge during the epidemic, but as sales growth slowed, the company lost those gains.

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No3. Match Group (down 68.8%)

Align Technology (NASDAQ: ALGN), the company that creates dental aligners, had a very bad in last year.

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No2. Align Technology (down 67.9%)

CEO Elon Musk's choice to purchase Twitter may have been the main factor contributing to Tesla's downturn in 2022.

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No1. Tesla (down 67.8%)