Strategist Stovall: Strong November won't steal gains from a December Santa rally

A man dressed as Santa Claus walks the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Christmas came early for stock investors this year as the market surged following the election of Donald Trump.

But a big November gain doesn't mean December can't be a strong month too, a new report shows.

"The obvious question many investors are now asking is, 'Will November's strength steal from a possible end-of-year rally, especially when it comes to small-cap stocks?' History says no," CFRA's chief investment strategist Sam Stovall wrote in a note to clients Monday.

Since the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8, U.S. stocks are up across the board, led by the small-cap Russell 2000 index, which is up 12 percent.

Other benchmarks such as the Dow Jones transportation average and S&P MidCap 400 index have posted gains north of 8 percent since the election on hopes for pro-growth economic measures under President-elect Donald Trump.