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Will St. Patrick's Day Bring Good Fortune to the Markets?

The winning streaks may have ended yesterday, but St. Patrick's Day has historically been more up than down for the markets. Good Luck Today!

Dow (since 1896):

  • Up 61.3% of the time an avg of +.71%
  • Down 38.8% of the time an avg -.97%
  • Best St. Patrick's Day was in 2003; the Dow gained +3.59%
  • Worst St. Patrick's Day was in 1933; the Dow fell -3.53%

S&P (since 1930):

  • Up 63.2% of the time an avg of +.74%
  • Down 36.8% of the time an avg -.97%
  • Best St. Patrick's Day was in 2003; the S&P gained +3.54%
  • Worst St. Patrick's Day was in 1933; the S&P fell -4.33%

NASDAQ (since 1971):

  • Up 48.1% of the time an avg of +.91%
  • Down 51.9% of the time an avg -.79%
  • Best St. Patrick's Day was in 2003; the NASDAQ gained +3.88%
  • Worst St. Patrick's Day was in 1980; the NASDAQ fell -3.28%

On the open, the major indices are up slightly. Leading the Dow are Citigroup , General Electric , Home Depot , Bank of America , McDonald's , Wal-Mart and Microsoft , all with gains of ~1% or more.

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GE
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MSFT
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WMT
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