What really happens in the stock market around Labor Day? We crunched 73 years of S&P 500 data to find out. Here are the surprising results!
Labor Day, the last hurrah of summer—marked by barbecues, friends, family, and one last chance to soak up the sun. As you set up your grill, we’ve grilled up some fun stats on how stocks have historically performed right before and after Labor Day.
By the way, before you wonder: “Is the stock market open on Labor Day?” The answer is “no,” and it’s time to relax—you deserve it!
A Historical Splash
We decided to plunge into 73 years of stock market data to discover its waves around Labor Day. As we all prepare to wave goodbye to summer, find out what waves the stock market has historically ridden.
Riding the Labor Day Waves
Using the S&P 500 as our benchmark index, we surfed through the trends based on 3 days before and 3 days after the Labor Day holiday, from 1950 through 2022.
What did we find? The average daily return of those 438 days was…wait for it…
A tiny loss of -0.005%
Based on this rather boring number, the stock market seems to also enjoy chilling around the Labor Day holiday!
Recent Ripples: Labor Day’s Latest Trends
Curiosity led us to take a closer look at just the last 5 years as well.
It seems the waters were a bit warmer in recent years, with a slight average daily gain of +0.002%.
Just for fun, here is the yearly S&P 500 breakdown from 2018-2022 (3 days before and after Labor Day):
While the 73-year average was pretty steady, stocks tended to have a slight uptick on the Friday before Labor Day weekend. As for the first trading day post-celebrations? Be prepared for some volatility, as traders mark the end of the “summer doldrums” and get back to work.
Sailing to the Conclusion
Is there a magical Labor Day stock trading strategy? Hardly.
While these insights can be fascinating (at least for stat geeks like us), it’s never wise to anchor your decisions on seasonal shifts alone. Having a disciplined approach, with a proven trading strategy, is what truly matters for your long-term trading success.
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Here’s to a fun, happy, and safe Labor Day weekend! And remember, the stock market may take a Labor Day break, but we’re here, prepped and ready for the next wave when it’s back in action!
Labor Day Stock Market Insights: How Are Historical Returns Around Labor Day? was first posted on August 29, 2023 at 1:18 pm.
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