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March Month & Quarter End Preview

As we enter the last trading day of the month and quarter, here are the numbers for how this month and quarter has compared to historical averages as well as some of the best and worst performers for the period. Despite the pullback in the past two trading days, the markets are still up big for the month.

March to Date:

  • The Dow is up 6.50%, its biggest monthly gain since September 2007
  • The S&P 500 is up 7.13%, its biggest monthly gain since October 2002
  • The NASDAQ is up 9.00% , its biggest March ever and biggest monthly gain since November 2002

March Historical Stats:

  • Dow (since 1897)
    • On average the Dow has gained 0.7% during March, up 60% of the time with an avg gain of 3.7% when up
    • The biggest March gain was on 1920, when the Dow finished up 12.76%
    • The biggest March loss was on 1938, when the Dow finished down -23.67%
  • S&P (since 1928)
    • On average the S&P has gained 0.36% during March, up 60% of the time with an avg gain of 3.19% when up
    • The biggest March gain was on 1928, when the S&P finished up 11.7%
    • The biggest March loss was on 1938, when the S&P finished down -25.7%
  • Nasdaq Composite (since 1971)
    • On average the Nasdaq has gained 0.33% during March, up 63% of the time with an avg gain of 3.26% when up
    • The biggest March gain was on 1999, when the Nasdaq finished up 7.58%
    • The biggest March loss was on 1980, when the Nasdaq finished down -17.10%

Quarter to Date:

  • The Dow is down 14.3% and is on track to be down for a 6th straight quarter for the first time since 1970
  • The S&P 500 is down 12.8% and is on track to be down for a 6th straight quarter for the first time since 1970
  • The NASDAQ is down 4.8% and is on track to be down for a 3rd straight quarter

Q1 Historical Stats:

  • Dow:
    • On average the Dow has gained 1.55% in the first quarter, up 56% of the time with avg gains of 6.85% when up
    • The biggest Q1 gain was on 1975, when the Dow finished up 24.65%
    • The biggest Q1 loss was on 1938, when the Dow finished down -18.12%
  • S&P:
    • On average the S&P has gained 1.49% in the first quarter, up 58% of the time with avg gains of 7.1% when up
    • The biggest Q1 gain was on 1975, when the S&P finished up 21.6%
    • The biggest Q1 loss was on 1938, when the S&P finished down -19.43%
  • Nasdaq:
    • On average the Nasdaq has gained 3.75% in the first quarter, up 65% of the time with avg gains of 10.66% when up
    • The biggest Q1 gain was on 1991, when the Nasdaq finished up 29%
    • The biggest Q1 loss was on 2001, when the Nasdaq finished down -25.5%

See the Biggest Gainers and Losers for the Month and Quarter

Biggest Gainers

Dow Top 10 Performers Month to Date as of 3/30 Close:

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S&P's Top 10 Performers Month to Date as of 3/30 Close:

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Dow Top 10 Performers Quarter to Date as of 3/30 Close:



S&P's Top 10 Performers Quarter to Date as of 3/30 Close:

See the Biggest Losers for the Month and Quarter

Biggest Losers

Dow ' s 10 Worst Performers Month to Date as of 3/30 Close:



S&P's 10 Worst Performers Month to Date as of 3/30 Close:



Dow' s 10 Worst Performers Quarter to Date as of 3/30 Close:



S&P's 10 Worst Performers Quarter to Date as of 3/30 Close:

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