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By the Numbers

Robert Hum

Robert Hum
Producer, CNBC.com

Robert Hum is the Markets Producer at CNBC.

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    With their victory last night, the Pittsburgh Steelers won a record sixth Super Bowl title, surpassing the five championships won by each the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. While no team has won four Super Bowls, five teams (the Raiders, Redskins, Packers, Patriots, and Giants) have also won three championships apiece.  Is this a good sign for the markets?

  • While investors hoped that a new year would bring better results, a plethora of downbeat earnings reports, poor corporate outlooks, gloomy economic data, and heightened concerns over the health of many large financial firms plagued the markets in January.

  • Over the past few days, the markets have been weighed down by weak economic data, downbeat corporate earnings forecasts, and concerns that many financial firms may post large quarterly losses in the upcoming weeks. Now at its lowest level since December 1, the Dow is down for its sixth straight session – its longest losing streak since the beginning of October.

  • The financial crisis and market turmoil of 2008 have prevented many historical trends from holding true this year. For instance, while November and December are typically two of the markets’ strongest months of the year, the performance during those months this year has been far from stellar.

  • Since the Lehman bankruptcy on September 15, the S&P 500 has lost one third of its value. During this slide, which has spanned 48 trading sessions, the S&P has fallen on two-thirds of the days.

  • With ongoing earnings and capital concerns, financials have failed to muster up any sustained rally, as they continue to hit lower lows this week.

  • The Dow Industrials has shown some significant moves each day over the past two weeks. In fact, yesterday the Dow was up 10% from its session low to session high.

  • There has been no let up on volatility this week. In the early afternoon, the Dow is trading at its session low today, down over 500 points.

  • Certainly it has been a rough year for the markets. Exactly one year ago today, the Dow Industrials and S&P 500 both closed at record highs. Since that day, the Dow has plummeted nearly 5,000 points, and the S&P has dropped a more impressive 600 points.

  • Starting the week off on a sour note is nothing new for the markets. Falling over 500 points today, the Dow continues a trend it started three months ago. Since July, the Dow has posted gains on only 2 of the last 13 Mondays.