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Market does best when this team wins Super Bowl

How the Super Bowl could signal a bear market: Pro

Peyton Manning closing out his career with a Super Bowl win might make a nice story line, but investors could be forgiven if they wind up rooting for Carolina.

That's because the stock market is a clear winner when the NFC prevails in football's big game, with a much higher historical return than when the AFC champion wins.

And we all know what that means.

Right. Not a whole lot.

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But it's still interesting to note that one conference does have the noticeable edge. When the winner comes from the NFC, which quarterback Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers represent in Super Bowl 50, the Dow averages a gain of 11.4 percent. for the year. When the winner comes from the AFC, represented this year by Manning's Denver Broncos, the average rise is just 3.6 percent for the year, according to calculations by John Canally, chief economist strategist at LPL Financial.