Five Of The Best Stocks To Own In November

The bull market, which came into being in 2009, is widely expected to stay in November and beyond. The optimism largely stems from the buoyant broader markets this year through October, which signals at positive returns for the remaining two months as well.

And why not? Whenever the Dow is up at least 15% in a calendar year through October, the blue-chip index has given an average return of 5.55% over the next two-month period. Similarly, whenever the S&P 500 has gained a minimum of 20% through October, the broader index returned 6.21% on average for the rest of the year. Lest we forget, the Dow and S&P 500 have already gained 15.4% and 21.2%, respectively, so far this year.

And let’s admit November is supposed to be the best time of the year for the stock market. While the stock market, historically, gained in the November-through-May Day period, or the so-called “winter” months, they tend to remain more or less flat during the “summer” months (May-October).

For instance, since 1950, the Dow has registered an average gain of 7.5% during the November-April period, while the blue-chip index yielded a meager 0.3% in the May-October period. Results have, in fact, shown that the strategy of buying in November and selling in May has been successful 80% of the time when employed within a time span of five years, and more than 90% in a 10-year time frame.

By the way, the Fed recently trimmed the benchmark interest rate for the third straight meeting, which bodes well for Wall Street. The Fed’s rate-setting committee trimmed benchmark interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a target range of 1.5% to 1.75% in October.

Rates were trimmed in order to help the U.S. economy bear with the protracted trade war without slipping into a recession. After all, parts of the economy, especially manufacturing, have been affected as the global economy slowed down on trade war concerns. Business investments were also affected by the U.S.-China moves to raise tariffs on each other’s goods. The Fed also acknowledged the weakness in business investments and exports.

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