According to an analysis conducted by Bespoke Investment Group, the S&P 500 index may experience further gains throughout the year based on historical trends. The analysis reveals that when the S&P 500 is trading positively in January, it tends to continue climbing during the remaining four trading days of the month.
Moreover, if the index finishes January in a positive position, the likelihood of its continued advancement for the rest of the year significantly improves. Notably, since the introduction of the five-day trading week in 1953, whenever the S&P 500 has achieved a gain of 2% or more in January, its median performance for the rest of the year has been an impressive 13.5%. Furthermore, the index has recorded positive returns for the remainder of the year in 84% of these instances. The analysis from Bespoke Investment Group highlights that between 1953 and 2023, there have been 31 instances where the S&P 500 has experienced a gain of 2% or more in January.
At the start of a new year, investors often closely examine the initial weeks as an indication of market performance throughout the following months. Consequently, this analysis sheds light on potential market trends for 2024.
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However, it is crucial to note that the prospects for the index throughout the year are typically less positive if it finishes January with weaker gains or in a negative position. If the S&P 500 achieves a gain of less than 2% in January, its median performance for the rest of the year drops to 6.4%, with positive returns materializing only 68% of the time.
According to FactSet data, the S&P 500 has shown a gain of 2.5% since the beginning of January. Currently, the index is on track to finish lower for the day, with a 0.1% decrease and reaching 4,887 points as trading for the week nears its end.