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Will Good Friday Lead to a Good Monday?

Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 4:53 PM ET

Historically, U.S. stocks tend to trade down on the Monday following a Good Friday, with the NASDAQ Composite having the biggest decline.

Since 1928, the NASDAQ index posted a loss 61 percent of the time, down on average -0.3 percent.

The markets have been closed now for more than 100 years since the last time they opened on Good Friday in 1907. Here is a look at how stocks performed the day after the observance of this religious holiday.

Dow since 1900:

  • On average, the Dow lost -0.22 percent the day after Good Friday, down 55 percent of the time.
  • Gained 0.23 percent one week after Good Friday, up 56 percent of the time.
  • The index is currently tracking for its worst and first Good Friday weekly percent decline since 2005, when it dropped -1.76 percent.

S&P 500 since 1928:

  • On average, the S&P has lost -0.16 percent the day after Good Friday, down 55 percent of the time.
  • Gained 0.13 percent one week after Good Friday, up 57 percent of the time.
  • The index is currently tracking for the first Good Friday weekly decline since 2006, when it dropped -0.5 percent, and its worst Good Friday weekly percent decline since 2005, when it fell -1.53 percent.

NASDAQ Composite since 1971:

  • On average, the NASDAQ has lost -0.3 percent the day after Good Friday, down 61 percent of the time.
  • Gained 0.63 percent one week after Good Friday, up 68 percent of the time.
  • The index is currently tracking for the first Good Friday weekly decline since 2006, when it fell -0.55 percent and its worst Good Friday weekly percent decline since 2005, when it dropped -0.83%.



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