July ranks as the best month of the third quarter for the Dow and S&P 500, according to the Stock Trader's Almanac. On the other hand, it marks the start of the worst four months of the year for the NASDAQ.
In the past eleven years, the Dow and S&P 500 have averaged a return of 1.24 percent and 0.16 percent, respectively, while the NASDAQ Composite has posted a loss of -0.45 percent.
The table below highlights the in July against its returns in other months. Since 2000, July has been the index’s fifth best month:
Among the major S&P 500 sectors, five out of ten have averaged a gain in July during the past eleven years, with financial, material and industrial stocks taking the lead.
Historic Performance in July
Dow since 1896:
S&P since 1928:
NASDAQ Composite since 1971:
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