It has been a textbook year. That is, if your textbook is the Stock Trader's Almanac. The old stock market chestnut "sell in May and go away" proved to be good advice this year. But that was not the only old adage of Wall Street traders that worked in 2011 — they all worked.
This has been the year of the stock market cliché in that all of the time-worn axioms based on the calendar actually were worth following this year: