The first half of-of the year is within the rearview reflect. Although forecasting the stock marketplace for the following six months is always tricky, I can say this for sure: There is an 84% chance the second 1/2 will begin with a bang.

Why is that?

Historically, the primary buying and selling day of July is the most bullish day of the year. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.58%, has been up 84.2% of the time (because of 2000) with an average advantage of 0.35%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.28%, is up 79% of the time, and the Nasdaq COMP, +zero.Forty-eight % 74%. In investing, odds don’t get any higher than that, but alas, having an awesome day doesn’t make absolutely everyone a perfect investor.

Are there any investable odds over a longer time body?

The S&P 500 seasonality graphs (top chart) provide an explanation for why: July tends to be the house of the so-known as summer rally, a short but brief soar before the worst months of the yr (August and September). It can also seem abnormal that the most bullish day of the yr takes place all through the weakest part of the yr (May-October). But as the chart under suggests, July is simply the “great of the worst” months.

July via October tends to be more volatile in pre-election years than the common year, with a tendency of the July excessive and the August low both being examined in October. Here is some other thrilling statistic: The first week of July (week 27) has a pretty strong song report predicting how the complete 12 months are going. It is correct 60% of the time; the best four weeks score higher than week 27.


Seasonality is the handiest among many indicators, and now not each yr adheres to seasonal styles. But odds of a successful decision (purchase or promote) boom while more than one sign lines up and points in a comparable route. I posted the Crimson forward projection in the June 2 Profit Radar Report and just brought some seasonality-based totally annotations. Based on seasonality, it is quite feasible for the crimson projection to turn out to be a reality (summertime rally observed using summer season blues).

But permit’s add one greater layer of evaluation: Price.

For seasonality and the pink projection to begin playing out, the Dow Jones Industrial Average must no longer preserve trade above 27,300 points, and the S&P 500 might need to drop below 2,875 to unencumber decrease targets. This article explains why the above DJIA and S&P 500 ranges are critical and function three extra “hold it simple” charts for leading indexes. Now, buying on margin will be an unstable endeavor. If the stock fee dropped beneath a certain amount, the broker/dealer might problem a margin name.

In the Nineteen Twenties, many human beings have been buying stocks on margin. They regarded assured inside the booming bear market, but a lot of these speculators unnoticed to objectively examine the risk they had been taking and the probability that they may eventually be required to provide you with cash to cowl the loan to cover a name. This meant the investor needed to come up with cash to pay off the loan right now, which often supposed selling the underperforming stock.