Stocks: Keep This in Mind About Seasonal Tendencies

“In 1987 and 2000, the month of August presented a great chance to sell stocks”

Many investors know that some time periods of the year tend to be more bullish for stocks, like the holiday season. Other times tend to be more bearish, like September and October.

However, seasonal tendencies are just that and don’t mean the stock market will follow the expected script every year.

That said, an investor doesn’t want to dismiss seasonal tendencies, especially when technical factors, such as Elliott wave analysis, align with those tendencies.

Presently, we are entering a seasonally bearish time period, especially when you consider milestone years. Here’s a quote from our Aug. 14 U.S. Short Term Update:

In 1987 and 2000, the month of August presented a great chance to sell stocks. In 1929, the final high came just a few days into the next month, on September 3. At the 2007 stock market peak, several stock indexes topped a few weeks before August, in mid-July, such as the Dow Jones Composite, the Value Line Composite and the small-cap sector.

Looping back to the statement that one should combine one’s knowledge of seasonal tendencies with Elliott wave analysis, let’s pick out one of those milestone years — 2000 — and see what the Elliott wave pattern for the Dow Industrials looked like just before August began in that year.

This chart and commentary are from the August 2000 issue of the Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, which published July 28, 2000:


Our technical work has an important message. The weight of the evidence powerfully argues that the “wave two” partial recovery phase in the stock market has ended… The DJIA is leading the way in the bear market… July and August have been big months for important market tops since 1983… July 2000 fits the pattern.

Of course, not every milestone stock market year is an exact replica of the previous one.

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