S&P 500 Index: Statistics & Seasonality

Here is the performance summary for the S&P 500 Index for November. Note that the rally is not nearly as impressive as we saw on the small cap indexes.

Now that the month has ended and December is just about to start, here are some interesting statistics. It is very rare for stocks to have a bad month of December. The last time December was the worst month of the year for the Dow Jones Industrials was in 1916. Actually since 1950 the S&P 500 Index has ended the month  with positive returns 75 percent of the time. December actually has the highest percentage of positive monthly closes since 1950 followed by April with 70 percent. 

I will leave you today with something I read earlier today that I found very interesting, "People wouldn't think to fire their best employees, but they cut their best stock positions all too often too early."

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Chee Hin Teh 7 years ago Member's comment

Thanks for sharing