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November Almanac: Historically a Top Month,
But Softer in Pre-Election Years

November begins the “Best Six Months” for the DJIA and S&P 500, and the “Best Eight Months” for Nasdaq, Small caps come into favor during November, but don’t really take off until the last two weeks of the year. November is the number-two DJIA and Nasdaq (since 1971) month. November is best for S&P 500 (since 1950), Russell 1000 (since 1979), and Russell 2000 (since 1979). Average performance in all year ranges from 1.7% from DJIA and S&P 500 to a solid 2.3% by Russell 2000, notes Jeff Hirsch, editor, Stock Trader’s Almanac and Almanac Investor Newsletter.

In pre-election years, November’s performance is noticeably weaker. DJIA has advanced in 10 of the last 18 pre-election years since 1950 with an average gain of 0.5%. S&P 500 has been up in 11 of the past 18 pre-election years, also gaining on average a rather paltry 0.5%. Small-caps and techs perform better with Russell 2000 climbing in 7 of the past 11 pre-election years, averaging 1.4%. Nasdaq has been up in 8 of the last 13 pre-election year Novembers with an average 1.2% gain. Contributing to pre-election year November’s weaker performance are sizable declines in 1987, 1991 and 2007.

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