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Should Traders Be Fearful of Friday the 13th Returns?

This superstitious day makes a bullish case for the SPX

by 7/12/2012 3:18:55 PM
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Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.

The table below shows S&P 500 Index (SPX) data for the past 20 years. In this time, Friday the 13th has been bullish compared to other days.

S&P 500 Index Versus Independence Day Returns Since 2002

However, we haven't had a positive Friday the 13th since 2009, as the last four have been negative. Below are the last 20 occurrences.

Friday the 13th Returns Since 2000

Now, let's get completely ridiculous. Below are the most bullish weekday/day combinations over the past 20 years for the SPX. Monday the 13th is the most bullish (going by average return), and Wednesday the 1st follows as the next-most bullish. Friday the 13th actually ranks 25th out of 155 combinations.

The Most Bullish Day of the Week Combinations


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