Market Pulse: It’s a bullish time of year |

Market Pulse: It’s a bullish time of year

David Vomund

Some call it a “Santa Claus Rally” or “Year-End Rally.” Others call it an early “January Effect.” Whatever the name, we just entered a bullish seasonal period for equities.

Jay Kaeppel, author of Seasonal Stock Market Trends, crunched the numbers to demonstrate the bullish market tendencies surrounding the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season. Here are the results:

The bullish period starts the Monday before Thanksgiving and ends the third trading day in January. Since 1949, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up on 54 occasions, or 83 percent of the time during this period.

Even more bullish, the trading period witnessed a gain in 27 of the last 29 years! The average gain was 3.2 percent while the median gain was 3.1 percent. The largest gain was 13.9 percent in 1991-92. The worst period was -3.7 percent in 1977-78.

What does this mean for portfolio returns? If you invested $1000 in the Dow only during the bullish period (Monday before Thanksgiving to third trading day in January) the portfolio would now be $7400.

That’s very good, especially since this assumes you make no money from January to mid-November of every year.

Does this mean stocks will rally in the seasonal period we just entered? Investing in seasonal patterns is a bet on odds or probabilities and this year stocks entered the period right after a monster rally.

While history shows losses can occur, the statistics point toward higher stock prices between now and early January. That’s fine by me!

David Vomund is an Incline Village-based fee-only money manager. Information is found at or by calling 775-832-8555. Clients hold the positions mentioned in this article. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Consult your financial advisor before purchasing any security.

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