April's Stock Market History

What a crazy first quarter than was right? After a record low run of negative volatility for 15+ months we experienced the most volitle quarter in years - including a correction - in the middle of it. Here's where we stand year-to-date: 

  • DOW: -2.5% 
  • S&P 500: -1.2% 
  • Nasdaq: +2.3% 

So where do we go from here? April has historically been the third best month of the year for stocks (only bested by November and December) - so seasonality is on our side as we get started.  

Since 1950 here's the scorecard:   

  • Positive years: 47   

  • Negative years: 21   

  • Average rate of return...+1.3%   

On average stocks are higher 69% of the time this month and the last April that produced a negative return for stocks was 2012.  

The best April for performance occurred in 2009 with a 10% return and the worst was in 1970 with a 9% loss. Happy investing!  

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