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First Five Days of 2009 May Indicate Stock Market’s Performance

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Over the last 36 years whose first five days resulted in a stock market increase, 31 of those years experienced an overall good year for stocks. While that’s a good track record, it’s not an infallible indicator. There are three trading days left in 2008, a lost cause for the stock market.

This method has an 86% success ratio. Will you make any investing decisions based on the market’s performance during the first five trading days of January?

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avatar Jasper

You calculated a success ratio based on years where the first five days showed growth. Did you also calculate the correlation/ratio for years where the first five days showed a (strong) decrease?

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avatar Luke Landes

Jasper: That’s a good question, I’ll see if I can put the numbers together.

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avatar Writer's Coin

Most definitely not! Relying on this kind of thing is baaaad news. Same as all the junk sports announcers always use: “Teams never come back when they’re down 0-3 in a best of seven series.”

Until it actually happens (see Red Sox). I would urge readers to try to ignore they even heard this.

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avatar Jeff Rose

@ Flexo

I hope you’re right on this because today was definitely a good start. Nice way to start off the year.

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avatar cashdoctor

Well the five days have gone by and where are we 8952 started and ened at 8750 LOOKS like we are going to have a DOWN year onthe stock market
No one is talking about this. Everyone is IGNORING THE FACTS.

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