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S&P 500 and Dow Have Best Monthly Gains in a Year

Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 6:31 PM ET

US stocks posted their best monthly performance of the year, led by the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a gain of 7.1%. Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most in July.

What follows is a summary of this week's statistics on the markets.

Historical July Performance

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • The Dow had its biggest monthly percent increase and best July percent gain since July 2009 when it rose 8.58%
  • The Dow had its first monthly gain since April 2010, and finished up for the third consecutive July
  • The Dow posted its longest July winning streak since 1995
  • The Dow had the most July winning streaks in 1959 (a total of 11 positive Julys)
  • Historically and on average July ranks as the second best month out of the year
  • Since 1896, the Dow has managed gains in July 71 times including the current month

S&P 500

  • The S&P had its biggest monthly percent increase and best July percent gain since July 2009 when it rose 7.41%
  • The S&P had its first monthly gain since April 2010, and finished up for the second consecutive July
  • The S&P posted its longest July winning streak since 2006
  • The S&P had the most July winning streaks in 1959 (a total of 11 positive Julys)
  • The S&P had the most July losing streaks in 1986 (a total of 6 negative Julys)
  • Historically and on average July ranks as the best month out of the year
  • Since 1928, the S&P has managed gains in July 47 times including the current month

NASDAQ Composite

  • The NASDAQ had its biggest monthly percent increase since March 2010 when it rose 7.14%, and best July percent gain since July 2009 when it rose 7.82%
  • The NASDAQ had its first monthly gain since 4/2010, and finished up for the third consecutive July
  • The NASDAQ posted its longest July winning streak since 1995
  • The NASDAQ had the most July winning streaks in 1980 & 1995 (a total of 5 positive Julys each streak)
  • The NASDAQ had the most July losing streaks in 2002 (a total of 5 negative Julys)
  • Historically and on average July ranks as the second worst month out of the year
  • Since 1971, the NASDAQ has managed gains in July 20 times including the current month


S&P 500 Sectors

Ten out of ten sectors closed the month in positive territory, with material and industrial companies leading the way to the upside.

  • CF Industries was the biggest percent gainer in the material sector, up 28% for the month
  • Industrial stocks were helped by Expeditors International Washington, up 24% this month
  • Year-to-date, six sectors are trading in the red, with health care and energy stocks down the most

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for September delivery settled at $78.95 on Friday, up $3.32, or 4.39% for the month. Crude is up for the second month and five of the last six.

  • Wheat futures were among the best performing commodities this month, up 38%, while gold futures were among the worst, down 5%


Currencies Impact: For the month, the NYBOT US Dollar Index dropped 5%, its worst monthly performance since December 2008, when it fell 6%.


Global Index Performance:



Note: Data based on preliminary numbers. May adjust slightly due to settling at close.

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DJIA
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S&P 500
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CF
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NASDAQ
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EXPD
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AFF
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KO
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MDLZ
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DIS
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DD
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JPM MLP ETN
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CAT
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INTC
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GE
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IBM
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CSCO
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MSFT
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GOOGL
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XOM
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MCD
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