Historically speaking, September tends to be a weak month for the stock market. September has been the worst-performing month for markets, on average, since 1950, with the S&P 500 (SP500) dropping on average about -1% since 1950. And this September is no different as we prepare for the third week of trading. As we stand, the S&P 500 is down just a hair over -5% on the month, the DOW has lost -2.6%, and the NASDAQ has fared the worst with a loss standing at -8%. If we don't see a second-half rally, the stock market will post its first monthly loss in 5 months.
Will we see a late-month rally? Or are we headed lower?
On a daily level, both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed out Friday trading with losses over -1% with the S&P 500 losing -1.12%, and the NASDAQ lost -1.07%. The DOW fared slightly better, only losing -.88% after being down over -1% earlier in the day.
To round out the data dump, let's talk about the weekly numbers. All three indexes posted losses marking three straight weeks in a row with the S&P 500 losing -.6%, the DOW -.03%, and the NASDAQ -.5%. The three-week losing streak is the longest such streak of the year.
Key Levels To Watch Next Week:
- S&P 500 (CME:SP500): 3,588.11
- Dow (INDEX:DJI): 29,199.35
- NASDAQ (NASDAQ:COMP): 12,074.07
- U.S. Dollar (ICE:DX): 91.74
- Gold (NYMEX:GC.Z20): 1,948.30
- Crude Oil (NYMEX:CL.V20): 39.80
- Bitcoin (BITCOIN:BITSTAMPUSD): 12,065.82