December seasonality after the November jobs report can turn weak until the later part of the month. Buying positions in bullish sectors is useful during this period. Oil and energy stocks perform well, while gold and silver enter a weak period.
December is now the number three S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials month since 1950, averaging gains of 1.5% on each index.
Seasonality is problematic this year, likely due to the elections and politics around another COVID stimulus package. Still, time and history work for the strategy.
Next week starts the Jewish holidays and the relevant market adage, “Sell on Rosh Hashanah and buy on Yom Kippur” comes into play. Historically, the SPX was down roughly 58% of the time during this period.
October can invoke fear into investors as it is usually a weak month. However, October often marks the lows for the year. Stay diligent!
NASDAQ Seasonality has changed to a more negative stance after today’s negative performance. Caution is warranted in tech stocks. Bonds can be added as summer months can provide weakness to stocks.
So far, April has regained some of this years losses – in fact the NASDAQ is again positive for 2020.
What should investors do now that markets are entering the weakest period of the year? How bad could this year be, actually?
Usually at this time of the year, early-April, stock markets would have had a nice seasonal rally. Well, there is nothing usual about the market or the economy this time.
As of today, the new bear market closing lows were on March 23. From their highs DJIA was down 37.1% and S&P 500 was down 33.9%.
Since then the market has rebounded to trim those losses.
Now we look to position for the worst months of the year ahead.
Unlike weather and the biblical tales, stock markets in March usually start with stability and turn wild with volatility towards the end.
January is typically a good month for US stocks. However, during election years that is not always the case. Nasdaq stocks usually perform the best in January.