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Will the Markets Show Some Love on Valentine's?

AP

Historically, there has not been too much love on average from Wall Street on Valentine's Day. On average the major indices have been flat on Feb 14.

  • Avg Dow percent move of +.05%
  • Avg S&P percent move of -.08%
  • Avg Nasdaq percent move of +.07%

The Best Valentine's Days:

  • Dow:
    • Best point gain of 158.9 in 2003
    • Best % gain of 2.2% in 1920
  • S&P:
    • Best point gain of 17.5 in 2003
    • Best % gain of 2.1% also in 2003
  • NASDAQ:
    • Best point gain of 63.7 in 2001
    • Best % gain of 2.6% also in 2001

Worst Valentine's Days:

  • Dow:
    • Worst point loss of 107.9 in 2001 (when the NASDAQ had its best day)
    • Worst % loss of 4.3% in 1933
  • S&P:
    • Worst point loss of 23.9 in 1999
    • Worst % loss of 5.1% in 1933
  • NASDAQ:
    • Worst point loss of 83.7 in 1999
    • Worst % loss of 3.5% also in 1999

Last year's biggest Valentine's day gainers in the S&P were:

  • Deere & Co (DE) up 9.0%
  • CSX Corp. (CSX) up 6.9%
  • Affiliated Computer Svcs (ACS) up 5.9%
  • Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) up 5.1%
  • Ciena Corp (CIEN) up 4.8%