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November Fears = Holiday Cheers?
30 Nov 2011 EST - CNBC.com
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Among the major S&P 500 sectors, material, energy, and utility companies have performed the best in December, with average gains greater than 2.8 percent, respectively.

Historic Performance in DecemberDow Jones Industrial Average since 1896:

  • On average, the Dow has gained 1.4 percent during December
  • Up 71 percent of the time
  • The best December was in 1903, when it rose 10.78 percent
  • The worst December was in 1931, when it fell -17.01 percent
  • On average, the Dow industrial average has increased 2.02 percent during December when November was a negative month, up 75 percent of the time
  • S&P 500 Index since 1928:

  • On average, the S&P 500 has gained 1.45 percent during December
  • Up 73 percent of the time
  • The best December was in 1991, when the index rose 11.16 percent
  • The worst December was in 1931, when the index fell -13.06 percent
  • On average, the S&P 500 has increased 1.86 percent during December when November was a negative month, up 80 percent of the time
  • NASDAQ Composite Index since 1971:

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