How to trade the historic blizzard

Man shoveling show following a snow storm in Buffalo last November.
Aaron Lynett | Reuters
Man shoveling show following a snow storm in Buffalo last November.

The historic blizzard bearing down on the East Coast will likely be bullish for energy and public utility firms, if the past is any guide.

Those energy-related stocks tended to outperform in the five trading days after four inches or more of snow fell within 24 hours in the New York City area, according to Kensho, a quantitative data analytics tool used by hedge funds.