By the Numbers

The World Cup could be good for US markets

The 20th FIFA World Cup soccer championship is well underway in Brazil and this might score well for U.S. markets.

The World Cup, which takes place every four years has generally been positive for the markets ever since the tournament was launched in 1930.

Out of 19 previous World Cups, the Dow and gained in at least 12, on average more than 5 percent for the year.

In fact, in nine of those 19 years both the Dow and S&P saw double-digit gains. The biggest advance for the markets came in 1954 when indexes gained more than 43 percent that year.