July historically is the best performing month of the third quarter however, the mostly negative results in August and September tend to make the comparison easy. Two “hot” Julys in 2009 and 2010 where DJIA and S&P 500 both gained greater than 6% and strong performances in 2013 and 2018 have boosted July’s average gains since 1950 to 1.3% and 1.1% respectively. Such strength inevitability stirs talk of a “summer rally”, but beware the hype, as it has historically been the weakest rally of all seasons (page 76, Stock Trader’s Almanac 2022).
July begins NASDAQ’s worst four months and is the fourth weakest performing NASDAQ month since 1971, posting a 0.6% average gain. Dynamic trading often accompanies the first full month of summer as the beginning of the second half of the year brings an inflow of new capital.
Midterm-year July rankings are something of a mixed bag, ranking #3 for DJIA and #5 S&P 500, averaging gains of 1.3% and 0.9% respectively (since 1950); while NASDAQ (since 1974) and Russell 2000 (since 1982) midterm Julys rank #12. NASDAQ has only advanced in four of the last twelve midterm Julys with an average loss of 1.9%. Russell 2000 has advanced only three in its last ten with an average decline of 3.8%.
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