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Historical Averages for August

Now that we closed July and the U.S. major Indexes rose more than 7% last month with the Dow posting its best July since 1989, let's take a look forward. Here are the historical averages for the Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq Composite for August. Historically and on average, the Dow has fared best of the major indexes in August as it has been up 64% of the time during this month.

Here are the historical averages for the Dow , S&P and Nasdaq for August.

Dow since 1896:

  • On average the Dow has gained 1.25% in August
  • Up 64% of the time with an average gain of 4.15% when up
  • Down 36% of the time with an average loss of -3.97% when down
  • The best August was on 1932, when the Dow gained 35.76%
  • The worst August was on 1998, when the Dow declined -15.13%
  • An average gain of 1.76% in August when July is a positive month

S&P since 1896:

  • On average the S&P has gained 0.84% in August
  • Up 59% of the time with an average gain of 4.08% when up
  • Down 41% of the time with an average loss of -3.86% when down
  • The best August was on 1932, when the S&P gained 39.14%
  • The worst August was on 1998, when the S&P declined -14.56%
  • An average gain of 0.9% in August when July is a positive month

Nasdaq since 1971:

  • On average the Nasdaq has gained 0.37% in August
  • Up 55% of the time with an average gain of 4.93% when up
  • Down 45% of the time with an average loss of -5.26% when down
  • The best August was on 2000, when the Nasdaq gained 11.66%
  • The worst August was on 1998, when the Nasdaq declined -19.93%
  • An average gain of 2.18% in August when July is a positive month

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