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Jeffrey A. Hirsch & Yale Hirsch

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This Fifty-First Edition is respectfully dedicated to:

Louis G. Navellier
Louie is Chairman and Founder of Navellier & Associates, Inc. In 1980 he began
publishing MPT Review, a stock advisory newsletter for individuals that featured
his quantitative analysis on growth stocks. In 1987 he started managing private
accounts for high-net-worth individuals, and shortly thereafter for public plans.
Since then, Navellier & Associates has guided thousands of investors and
institutions by applying its disciplined, quantitative investment process to a broad
range of equity products. Louie manages approximately $2 billion in assets. He
also writes six investment newsletters focused on growth investing: Blue Chip
Growth, Emerging Growth, Dividend Growth, Family Trust, High Velocity Stocks
and Platinum Growth. His free Stock/ETF/Dividend Grader is super handy and
his free Weekly Marketmail is nonpareil. Louie is always sharing his market
outlook and analysis on Bloomberg, Fox News and CNBC. Louie has been an
industry stalwart for nearly 40 years. He is a true believer in and user of
seasonality and market cycles. His stocks, portfolios and funds rock and he has
been a great friend.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE FIFTY-FIRST EDITION
Once again we have the honor of introducing the Fifty-First Edition of the Stock Trader’s
Almanac. The Almanac provides you with the necessary tools to invest successfully in the
twenty-first century.
J. P. Morgan’s classic retort, “Stocks will fluctuate,” is often quoted with a wink-of-theeye implication that the only prediction one can make about the stock market is that it will
go up, down, or sideways. Many investors agree that no one ever really knows which way the
market will move. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We discovered that while stocks do indeed fluctuate, they do so in well-defined, often predictable patterns. These patterns recur too frequently to be the result of chance or coincidence. How
else do we explain that since 1950 all the gains in the market were made during November
through April, compared to a loss May through October? (See page 50.)
The Almanac is a practical investment tool. It alerts you to those little-known market
patterns and tendencies on which shrewd professionals enhance profit potential. You will be
able to forecast market trends with accuracy and confidence when you use the Almanac to
help you understand:
■ How our presidential elections affect the economy and the stock market—just as the
moon affects the tides. Many investors have made fortunes following the political
cycle. You can be sure that money managers who control billions of dollars are also
political cycle watchers. Astute people do not ignore a pattern that has been working
effectively throughout most of our economic history.
■ How the passage of the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution fathered the
January Barometer. This barometer has an outstanding record for predicting the
general course of the stock market each year, with only nine major errors since 1950,
for an 86.6% accuracy ratio. (See page 16.)
■ Why there is a significant market bias at certain times of the day, week, month, and
year.
Even if you are an investor who pays scant attention to cycles, indicators, and patterns,
your investment survival could hinge on your interpretation of one of the recurring patterns
found within these pages. One of the most intriguing and important patterns is the symbiotic relationship between Washington and Wall Street. Aside from the potential profitability
in seasonal patterns, there’s the pure joy of seeing the market very often do just what you
expected.
The Stock Trader’s Almanac is also an organizer. Its wealth of information is presented
on a calendar basis. The Almanac puts investing in a business framework and makes investing easier because it:
■ Updates investment knowledge and informs you of new techniques and tools.
■ Is a monthly reminder and refresher course.
■ Alerts you to both seasonal opportunities and dangers.
■ Furnishes a historical viewpoint by providing pertinent statistics on past market performance.
■ Supplies forms necessary for portfolio planning, record keeping, and tax preparation.
The WITCH icon signifies THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH on
calendar pages and alerts you to extraordinary volatility due to the expiration of equity and index options and index futures contracts. Triplewitching days appear during March, June, September, and December.
The Bull icon on calendar pages signifies favorable trading days based
on the S&P 500 rising 60% or more of the time on a particular trading day
during the 21-year period January 1996 to December 2016.
A BEAR icon on calendar pages signifies unfavorable trading days based
on the S&P falling 60% or more of the time for the same 21-year period.
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Also, to give you even greater perspective, we have listed next to the date of every day
that the market is open the Market Probability numbers for the same 21-year period for the
Dow (D), S&P 500 (S), and NASDAQ (N). You will see a “D,” “S,” and “N” followed by a
number signifying the actual Market Probability number for that trading day, based on the
recent 21-year period. On pages 121–128, you will find complete Market Probability
Calendars, both long-term and 21-year for the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ, as well as for the
Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 indices.
Other seasonalities near the ends, beginnings, and middles of months—options
expirations, around holidays, and other significant times—as well as all FOMC
Meeting dates are noted for Almanac investors’ convenience on the weekly
planner pages. All other important economic releases are provided in the Strategy
Calendar  every month in our e-newsletter, Almanac Investor, available at our website,
www.stocktradersalmanac.com.
One-year seasonal pattern charts for Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, Russell 1000, and
Russell 2000 appear on pages 171 to 173. There are three charts each for Dow and S&P 500
spanning our entire database starting in 1901 and one each for the younger indices. As 2018
is a midterm election year, each chart contains typical midterm year performance compared
to all years.
The Notable Events on page 6 provides a handy list of major events of the past year that
can be helpful when evaluating things that may have moved the market. Over the past few
years, our research had been restructured to flow better with the rhythm of the year. This has
also allowed us more room for added data. Again, we have included historical data on the
Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 indices. The Russell 2K is an excellent proxy for small and
mid-caps, which we have used over the years, and the Russell 1K provides a broader view of
large caps. Annual highs and lows for all five indices covered in the Almanac appear on
pages 149–151, and we’ve tweaked the Best & Worst section.
In order to cram in all this material, some of our Record Keeping section was cut. We
have converted many of these paper forms into computer spreadsheets for our own internal
use. As a service to our faithful readers, we are making these forms available at our website,
www.stocktradersalmanac.com.
Midterm election years have been the second worst year of the four-year cycle, while
eighth years of decades have been the second best, so 2018 promises to be laced with crosscurrents. The last nine eighth years of decades appear on page 24. You can find all the market charts of midterm elections since the Depression on page 26, “Midterm Election Years:
Where Bottom Pickers Find Paradise” on page 30, “Prosperity More Than Peace Determines
the Outcome of Midterm Congressional Races” on page 32, and “Why a 50% Dow Gain Is
Possible From Its 2018 Low to Its 2019 High” on page 34.
Our “Super Boom Update: 2010 Forecast On Track for Dow 38820 By 2025” appears on
page 40, followed by “Culturally Enabling Paradigm Shifting Technologies Poised to Fuel
the Next Super Boom” on page 42. For the first time in the Almanac we show how “Summer
Market Volume Doldrums Drives Worst Six Months” on page 42.
On page 76 is our Best Investment Book of the Year, Relationship Investing: Stock
Market Therapy for Your Money, by Jeffrey S. Weiss, CMT (Skyhorse Publishing). Other top
books are listed on page 116. Sector seasonalities include several consistent shorting opportunities and appear on pages 92–96.
We are constantly searching for new insights and nuances about the stock market and
welcome any suggestions from our readers.
Have a healthy and prosperous 2018!

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Notable events
2016


Apr 3Panama Papers detail 200K+ entities used for illegal purposes by
noted personalities and heads of state
May 19EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashes over
Mediterranean killing all 66 people on board

Jun 1Gotthard Base Tunnel, world’s longest and deepest railway
tunnel, opens after 2 decades work

Jun 7Kurdish rebels bomb central Istanbul targeting a police bus
killing 12, injuring 51

Jun 8Kurdish rebel car bomb in Midyat targeting police office, 5 killed
(2 police) 30 injured
Jun 12Gunman kills 49 wounds 58 in Orlando Pulse nightclub terrorist/
hate crime shooting after 3-hour standoff
Jun 23UK votes in favor of Brexit referendum to leave the European Union
Jun 28ISIL suspected in terror attack on Atatürk Airport, Istanbul,
killing 45 injuring ~230

Jul 1Latvia becomes 35th member of OECD

Jul 4NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter’s orbit begins 20-month
survey of Jupiter
Jul 14ISIS Bastille Day attack in Nice, France kills 77 when a truck
plowed through a crowd
Jul 26Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to
circumnavigate the Earth
Aug 5-212016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aug 31Brazilian Senate votes 61–20 to impeach and remove President
Dilma Rousseff from office

Sep 3US & China (40% of world carbon emissions) formally join Paris
climate agreement

Sep 8NASA launches OSIRIS-REx, 1st asteroid sample return mission
expected back with samples 2023

Sep 9North Korea conducts 5th & reportedly largest nuclear test
Sep 302 Van Gogh paintings worth a combined $100 mil recovered after
being stolen on Dec 7, 2002
Oct 13Maldives withdraws from British Commonwealth of Nations
Nov 8Donald J. Trump elected 45th President of the United States

2018 OUTLOOK

Nov 24Colombian government & FARC sign revised peace deal ending
50+-year conflict
Dec 19Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is assassinated in
Ankara
Dec 22Study finds new Ebola virus vaccine 70–100% effective first
proven vaccine against the disease
Dec 23UN adopts resolution condemning Israeli settlements in
Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
Dec 25Russian jetliner crashes kills all 92 on board, including 64
members of Alexandrov Ensemble

2017


Jan 19ECOWAS forces intervene in Gambia crisis to force President
Yahya Jammeh to step down
Jan 21Millions worldwide join Women’s March in 588 marches largest
single-day protest in history
Jan 26Scientists at Harvard report 1st creation of metallic hydrogen in a
laboratory
Jan 27Trump executive order restricts travel from Iraq, Iran, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen
Feb 11North Korea test fires a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan
Mar 10President of South Korea Park Geun-hye removed by
Constitutional Court
UN warns biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII 20 mil risk
famine in Yemen, Somalia, S Sudan, Nigeria
Mar 22Westminster Bridge attack, 5 dead, 49 injured
Mar 29UK invokes Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union,
beginning the formal EU withdrawal process
Mar 30SpaceX conducts world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket
Apr 3Saint Petersburg subway suicide bombing 15 dead, 64 injured
Apr 6US launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Syrian airbase in
response chemical weapons attack
Apr 7Stockholm truck attack
Apr 20Champs Elysees ISIS terror attack in Paris

It’s like déjà vu all over again. A new president is getting challenged from all angles on many
fronts and having a difficult time implementing his agenda. However, for the first half of 2017 the
market has rallied smartly on the promise of change, tax and healthcare reform, deregulation and
a massive infrastructure buildout—but mostly on the fact that election uncertainty is over and
nothing is happening in DC. So far little has been accomplished and although new highs have just
been logged as of this writing, little ground has been gained since March 1.
If President Trump and the GOP agenda remain on the defensive midterm politics will likely
rear its ugly head again in 2018. But midterm elections have a history of being a bottom picker’s
paradise. In the last 13 quadrennial cycles since 1961, 9 of the 17 bear markets bottomed in the
midterm year. In the last 14 midterm election years, bear markets began or were in progress nine
times—we experienced bull years in 1986, 2006, and 2010 while 1994 was flat.
However, this has provided excellent buying opportunities. By the third, pre-election, year the
administrations’ focus shifts to “priming the pump.” Policies are enacted to improve the economic
well-being of the country and its electorate. From the midterm low to the pre-election year high,
the Dow has gained nearly 50% on average since 1914. With eighth years of decades being second
best 2018 may be a wild ride that starts high and ends high with a bear in the middle.
After a near-term high around 22000 in July 2017 and a late-summer/early fall low around
20000–21000, we look for a yearend rally that runs all the way up to 23000–24000 in early 2018
before the impact of higher rates and new federal government policies and legislation reverberates
through the stock market creating the potential for an old fashioned, cyclical 20–30% bear market—
or a Ned Davis Research defined bear market in the 13–19.99% range, finding its low point near
the midterm elections in 2018 or early in 2019.
—Jeffrey A. Hirsch, June 23, 2017

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THE 2018
STOCK TRADER’S
ALMANAC
CONTENTS
10 2018 Strategy Calendar
12 January Almanac
14 January’s First Five Days: An Early Warning System
16The Incredible January Barometer (Devised 1972):
Only Nine Significant Errors in 67 Years
18 January Barometer in Graphic Form Since 1950
20 February Almanac
22 Down Januarys: A Remarkable Record
24 The Eighth Year of Decades
26 Market Charts of Midterm Election Years
28 March Almanac
30 Midterm Election Years: Where Bottom Pickers Find Paradise
32Prosperity More than Peace Determines Outcome of Midterm
Congressional Races
34 Why a 50% Gain in the Dow Is Possible From Its 2018 Low to Its 2019 High
36 April Almanac
38 The December Low Indicator: A Useful Prognosticating Tool
40 Super Boom Update: 2010 Forecast On Track for Dow 38820 by 2025
42Culturally Enabling Paradigm Shifting Technology Poised
to Fuel the Next Super Boom
44 Summer Market Volume Doldrums Drive Worst Six Months
46 May Almanac
48Top Performing Months Past 67¼3 Years:
Standard & Poor’s 500 and Dow Jones Industrials
50 “Best Six Months”: Still and Eye-Popping Strategy
52 MACD-Timing Triples “Best Six Months” Results
54 June Almanac
56 Top Performing NASDAQ Months Past 46¼3 Years
58 Get More Out of NASDAQ’s “Best Eight Months” with MACD Timing
60 Triple Returns, Fewer Trades: Best 6 + 4-Year Cycle
62 July Almanac
64 First Month of Quarters Is the Most Bullish
66 2016 Daily Dow Point Changes
68 Don’t Sell Stocks on Monday or Friday
70 A Rally for All Seasons
72 August Almanac
74 Take Advantage of Down Friday/Down Monday Warning
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76Best Investment Book of the Year: Relationship Investing: Stock Market Therapy
for Your Money
78Aura of the Triple Witch—4th Quarter Most Bullish:
Down Weeks Trigger More Weakness Week After
80 September Almanac
82Sun May Be Setting on Super-8 Days of the Month
Vs. 13 Remaining Days Combined
84 A Correction for All Seasons
86First-Trading-Day-of-the-Month Phenomenon
88 Market Behavior Three Days before and Three Days after Holidays
90 October Almanac
92Sector Seasonality: Selected Percentage Plays
94 Sector Index Seasonality Strategy Calendar
98 November Almanac
100 Midterm Election Time Unusually Bullish
102 Fourth-Quarter Market Magic
104 Trading the Thanksgiving Market
106December Almanac
108 Most of the So-Called “January Effect” Takes Place in the Last Half of December
110 January Effect Now Starts in Mid-December
112 Wall Street’s Only “Free Lunch” Served before Christmas
114 If Santa Claus Should Fail to Call, Bears May Come to Broad and Wall
116 Year’s Top Investment Books
118 2019 Strategy Calendar

DIRECTORY OF TRADING PATTERNS and DATABANK
121 Dow Jones Industrials Market Probability Calendar 2018
122 Recent Dow Jones Industrials Market Probability Calendar 2018
123 S&P 500 Market Probability Calendar 2018
124 Recent S&P 500 Market Probability Calendar 2018
125 NASDAQ Composite Market Probability Calendar 2018
126 Recent NASDAQ Composite Market Probability Calendar 2018
127 Russell 1000 Index Market Probability Calendar 2018
128 Russell 2000 Index Market Probability Calendar 2018
129 Decennial Cycle: A Market Phenomenon
130 Presidential Election/Stock Market Cycle: The 184-Year Saga Continues
131 Dow Jones Industrials Bull and Bear Markets Since 1900
132Standard & Poor’s 500 Bull and Bear Markets Since 1929
NASDAQ Composite Since 1971
133 Dow Jones Industrials 10-Year Daily Point Changes: January and February
134 Dow Jones Industrials 10-Year Daily Point Changes: March and April
135 Dow Jones Industrials 10-Year Daily Point Changes: May and June
136 Dow Jones Industrials 10-Year Daily Point Changes: July and August
137 Dow Jones Industrials 10-Year Daily Point Changes: September and October
138 Dow Jones Industrials 10-Year Daily Point Changes: November and December
139 A Typical Day in the Market
140 Through the Week on a Half-Hourly Basis
141 Tuesday Most Profitable Day of Week
142 NASDAQ Strongest Last 3 Days of Week
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S&P Daily Performance Each Year Since 1952
NASDAQ Daily Performance Each Year Since 1971
Monthly Cash Inflows into S&P Stocks
Monthly Cash Inflows into NASDAQ Stocks
November, December, and January: Year’s Best Three-Month Span
November Through June: NASDAQ’s Eight-Month Run
Dow Jones Industrials Annual Highs, Lows, & Closes Since 1901
S&P 500 Annual Highs, Lows, & Closes Since 1930
NASDAQ, Russell 1000 & 2000 Annual Highs, Lows, & Closes Since 1971
Dow Jones Industrials Monthly Percent Changes Since 1950
Dow Jones Industrials Monthly Point Changes Since 1950
Dow Jones Industrials Monthly Closing Prices Since 1950
Standard & Poor’s 500 Monthly Percent Changes Since 1950
Standard & Poor’s 500 Monthly Closing Prices Since 1950
NASDAQ Composite Monthly Percent Changes Since 1971
NASDAQ Composite Monthly Closing Prices Since 1971
Russell 1000 Monthly Percent Changes and Closing Prices Since 1979
Russell 2000 Monthly Percent Changes and Closing Prices Since 1979
10 Best Days by Percent and Point
10 Worst Days by Percent and Point
10 Best Weeks by Percent and Point
10 Worst Weeks by Percent and Point
10 Best Months by Percent and Point
10 Worst Months by Percent and Point
10 Best Quarters by Percent and Point
10 Worst Quarters by Percent and Point
10 Best Years by Percent and Point
10 Worst Years by Percent and Point
Dow Jones Industrials One-Year Seasonal Pattern Charts Since 1901
S&P 500 One-Year Seasonal Pattern Charts Since 1930
NASDAQ, Russell 1000 & 2000 One-Year Seasonal Pattern Charts Since 1971

STRATEGY PLANNING AND RECORD SECTION
175 Portfolio at Start of 2018
176 Additional Purchases
178 Short-Term Transactions
180 Long-Term Transactions
182 Interest/Dividends Received during 2018/Brokerage Account Data 2018
183 Weekly Portfolio Price Record 2018
185 Weekly Indicator Data 2018
187 Monthly Indicator Data 2018
188 Portfolio at End of 2018
189If You Don’t Profit from Your Investment Mistakes, Someone Else Will;
Performance Record of Recommendations
190Individual Retirement Account (IRA):
Most Awesome Mass Investment Incentive Ever Devised
191 G. M. Loeb’s “Battle Plan” for Investment Survival
192 G. M. Loeb’s Investment Survival Checklist
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2018 STRATEGY CALENDAR
(Option expiration dates circled)

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JUNE

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JULY


2018 STRATEGY CALENDAR
(Option expiration dates circled)

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Market Probability Chart above is a graphic representation of the S&P 500 Recent Market Probability Calendar on page 124.

◆  January Barometer predicts year’s course with .746 batting average (page 16)  ◆  10 of last
17 midterm election years followed January’s direction  ◆  Every down January on the S&P
since 1950, without exception, preceded a new or extended bear market, a flat market, or a 10%
correction (page 22)  ◆  S&P gains in January’s first five days preceded full-year gains 83.3%
of the time, 8 of last 17 midterm election years followed first five days’ direction
(page 14)  ◆  November, December, and January constitute the year’s best three-month span,
a 4.1% S&P gain (pages 48 & 147)  ◆  January NASDAQ powerful 2.5% since 1971 (pages 56
& 148)  ◆ “January Effect” now starts in mid-December and favors small-cap stocks
(pages 108 & 110)  ◆  2009 has the dubious honor of the worst S&P 500 January on record.
January Vital Statistics
Rank
Up
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Midterm Year
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Record (#Up – #Down)
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Record (#Up – #Down)
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Avg % Change
Record (#Up – #Down)
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Avg % Change
Record (#Up – #Down)
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DJIA

NASDAQ
Russell 1K
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Best & Worst January
% Change
% Change
% Change
% Change
1976 14.4
1987 13.2
1975 16.6
1987 12.7
2009 –8.8
2009 –8.6
2008 –9.9
2009 –8.3
Best & Worst January Weeks
01/09/76
6.1 01/02/09
6.8 01/12/01
9.1 01/02/09
6.8
01/08/16 –6.2 01/08/16 –6.0 01/28/00 –8.2 01/08/16 –6.0
Best & Worst January Days
01/17/91
4.6 01/03/01
5.0 01/03/01 14.2
1/3/01
5.3
01/08/88 –6.9 01/08/88 –6.8 01/02/01 –7.2
1/8/88 –6.1
First Trading Day of Expiration Week: 1980–2017
25–13
22–16
20–18
20–18
D1
D1
D5
D5
0.09
0.06
0.08
0.04
Options Expiration Day: 1980–2017
21–17
21–17
21–17
21–17
U7
U3
U3
U3
–0.01
0.01
–0.04
–0.01
Options Expiration Week: 1980–2017
20–18
16–22
21–17
16–22
D1
D1
D1
D1
–0.16
–0.06
0.25
–0.07
Week After Options Expiration: 1980–2017
21–17
24–14
22–16
24–14
U3
U3
U3
U3
0.06
0.24
0.18
0.22
First Trading Day Performance
28.8
48.5
55.3
43.6
0.25
0.16
0.18
0.15
Last Trading Day Performance
55.9
60.3
63.8
56.4
0.21
0.25
29
0.32
6
43
25
0.9%
–0.9%

S&P 500

Russell 2K
5
21
18
1.4%
–0.9%
% Change
1985 13.1
2009 –11.2
01/09/87
01/08/16

7.0
–7.9

01/21/09
01/20/09

5.3
–7.0
20–18
D5
0.05
22–16
U3
0.01
20–18
D1
0.20
26–12
U3
0.24
46.2
0.04
74.4
0.29

Dow & S&P 1950–April 2017, NASDAQ 1971–April 2017, Russell 1K & 2K 1979–April 2017.

20th Amendment made “lame ducks” disappear.
Now, “As January goes, so goes the year.”
12


JanuarY 2018
New Year’s Day (Market Closed)

MONDAY




1




Look for an impending crash in the economy when the best seller lists are filled with books on business strategies and quick-fix
management ideas.
— Peter Drucker (Austrian-born pioneer management theorist, 1909–2005)

Small Caps Punished First Trading Day of Year
Russell 2000 Down 16 of Last 28, But Up 6 of Last 9

TUESDAY

2

D 61.9
S 47.6
N66.7

There is only one side of the market and it is not the bull side or the bear side, but the right side.
— Jesse Livermore (Early 20th century stock trader and speculator, How to Trade in Stocks, 1877–1940)

Second Trading Day of the Year, Dow Up 18 of Last 26
Santa Claus Rally Ends (Page 114)

WEDNESDAY

3

D66.7
S 57.1
N 47.6

I had an unshakable faith. I had it in my head that if I had to, I’d crawl over broken glass. I’d live in a tent—it was
gonna happen. And I think when you have that kind of steely determination…people get out of the way.
— Rick Newcombe (Syndicator, Investor’s Business Daily)



THURSDAY

4

D 47.6
S52.4
N 47.6

Everyone wants to make the same three things: money, a name, and a difference. What creates diversity in
the human race is how we prioritize the three.
— Roy H. Williams (The Wizard of Ads)



FRIDAY

5

D 47.6
S 47.6
N52.4

A bull market tends to bail you out of all your mistakes. Conversely, bear markets make you PAY for your mistakes.
— Richard Russell (Dow Theory Letters)



January Almanac Investor Sector Seasonalities: See Pages 92, 94 and 96















SATURDAY

6

SUNDAY

7


JANUARY’S FIRST FIVE DAYS: AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
The last 42 up First Five Days were followed by full-year gains 35 times for an 83.3% accuracy ratio and a 13.6% average gain in all 42 years. The seven exceptions include flat 1994,
2011, 2015 and four related to war. Vietnam military spending delayed the start of the 1966
bear market. Ceasefire imminence early in 1973 raised stocks temporarily. Saddam Hussein
turned 1990 into a bear. The war on terrorism, instability in the Mideast, and corporate malfeasance shaped 2002 into one of the worst years on record. The 25 down First Five Days
were followed by 14 up years and 11 down (44.0% accurate) and an average gain of 1.4%.
In midterm years this indicator has a poor record. In the last 17 midterm years, 8 full
years followed the direction of the First Five Days.

THE FIRST-FIVE-DAYS-IN-JANUARY INDICATOR

Chronological Data
Ranked by Performance



Previous
Year’s Close

1950 16.76
1951 20.41
1952 23.77
195326.57
1954 24.81
195535.98
195645.48
195746.67
1958 39.99
1959 55.21
196059.89
1961 58.11
196271.55
1963 63.10
1964 75.02
1965 84.75
196692.43
1967 80.33
1968 96.47
1969103.86
1970 92.06
1971 92.15
1972 102.09
1973118.05
197497.55
1975 68.56
1976 90.19
1977107.46
197895.10
1979 96.11
1980 107.94
1981135.76
1982122.55
1983 140.64
1984 164.93
1985167.24
1986211.28
1987242.17
1988247.08
1989 277.72
1990353.40
1991330.22
1992 417.09
1993435.71
1994466.45
1995459.27
1996 615.93
1997 740.74
1998970.43
19991229.23
20001469.25
20011320.28
20021148.08
2003879.82
20041111.92
20051211.92
20061248.29
20071418.30
20081468.36
2009903.25
20101115.10
20111257.64
20121257.60
20131426.19
20141848.36
20152058.90
20162043.94
20172238.83

14

January5-Day Year
5th Day
Change
Change
Rank

17.092.0%21.8%
20.88 2.3 16.5
23.91 0.6
11.8
26.33
−0.9
−6.6
24.93 0.5 45.0
35.33−1.8 26.4
44.51
−2.1
2.6
46.25
−0.9
−14.3
40.99 2.5 38.1
55.40 0.3
8.5
59.50
−0.7
−3.0
58.81 1.2 23.1
69.12
−3.4
−11.8
64.74 2.6 18.9
76.00 1.3 13.0
85.37 0.7
9.1
93.140.8 −13.1
82.81 3.1 20.1
96.62 0.2
7.7
100.80−2.9
−11.4
92.68 0.7
0.1
92.19 0.04 10.8
103.47 1.4 15.6
119.85 1.5 –17.4
96.12
–1.5
–29.7
70.04 2.2 31.5
94.58 4.9 19.1
105.01–2.3
–11.5
90.64
–4.7
1.1
98.80 2.8 12.3
108.95 0.9 25.8
133.06–2.0
–9.7
119.55–2.4 14.8
145.23 3.3
17.3
168.90 2.4
1.4
163.99–1.9 26.3
207.97–1.6 14.6
257.28 6.2
2.0
243.40–1.5 12.4
280.98 1.2 27.3
353.79 0.1 –6.6
314.90–4.6 26.3
418.10 0.2
4.5
429.05 –1.5
7.1
469.90 0.7 –1.5
460.83 0.3 34.1
618.46 0.4 20.3
748.41 1.0 31.0
956.04 –1.5 26.7
1275.09 3.7
19.5
1441.46 –1.9
–10.1
1295.86 –1.8
–13.0
1160.71 1.1 –23.4
909.93 3.4 26.4
1131.91 1.8
9.0
1186.19 –2.1
3.0
1290.15 3.4
13.6
1412.11 –0.4
3.5
1390.19 –5.3
–38.5
909.73 0.7 23.5
1144.98 2.7 12.8
1271.50 1.1 –0.003
1280.70 1.8
13.4
1457.15 2.2
29.6
1837.49 –0.6
11.4
2062.14 0.2
–0.7
1922.03 –6.0
9.5
2268.90 1.3
??

5-Day Year
Change Change

119876.2% 2.0%
219764.9 19.1
319993.7 19.5
420033.4 26.4
520063.4 13.6
619833.3 17.3
719673.1 20.1
819792.8 12.3
920102.7 12.8
1019632.6 18.9
1119582.5 38.1
1219842.4
1.4
1319512.3 16.5
1420132.2 29.6
1519752.2 31.5
1619502.0 21.8
172004 1.8
9.0
1820121.8 13.4
191973 1.5 −17.4
201972 1.4 15.6
211964 1.3 13.0
2220171.3 ??
231961 1.2 23.1
241989 1.2 27.3
2520111.1 –0.003
262002 1.1 –23.4
271997 1.0 31.0
2819800.9 25.8
2919660.8 –13.1
3019940.7 –1.5
3119650.7
9.1
3220090.7 23.5
3319700.7
0.1
3419520.6 11.8
3519540.5 45.0
3619960.4 20.3
3719590.3
8.5
3819950.3 34.1
3919920.2
4.5
4019680.2
7.7
4120150.2 –0.7
4219900.1 –6.6
4319710.04 10.8
442007
–0.43.5
452014
–0.611.4
461960
–0.7
–3.0
471957
–0.9
–14.3
481953
–0.9
–6.6
491974–1.5
–29.7
50 1998–1.526.7
511988–1.512.4
521993–1.57.1
531986–1.614.6
542001–1.8
–13.0
551955–1.826.4
562000–1.9
–10.1
57 1985–1.926.3
581981
–2.0
–9.7
591956
–2.1
2.6
602005
–2.13.0
61 1977–2.3
–11.5
621982
–2.414.8
63 1969–2.9
–11.4
64 1962–3.4
–11.8
651991
–4.626.3
661978
–4.71.1
672008
–5.3
–38.5
68 2016–6.09.5
Based on S&P 500


January 2018
January’s First Five Days Act as an “Early Warning” (Page 14)

MONDAY

8

D38.1
S42.9
N52.4

The most important lesson in investing is humility.
— Sir John Templeton (Founder Templeton Funds, philanthropist, 1912–2008)



TUESDAY

9

D 47.6
S 57.1
N 57.1

Averaging down in a bear market is tantamount to taking a seat on the down escalator at Macy’s.
— Richard Russell (Dow Theory Letters, 1984)



WEDNESDAY
D52.4
S 61.9
N66.7

10

If the winds of fortune are temporarily blowing against you, remember that you can harness them and make them
carry you toward your definite purpose, through the use of your imagination.
— Napoleon Hill (Author, Think and Grow Rich, 1883–1970)



THURSDAY
D 57.1
S 47.6
N 47.6

11

The political problem of mankind is to combine three things: economic efficiency, social justice, and individual liberty.
— John Maynard Keynes (British economist, 1883–1946)



FRIDAY

D52.4
S52.4
N 47.6

12

Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unrewarded
talent. Education alone will not: the world is full of educated failures. Persistence alone is omnipotent.
— Calvin Coolidge (30th U.S. President, 1872–1933)



















SATURDAY

13

SUNDAY

14


THE INCREDIBLE JANUARY BAROMETER (DEVISED 1972):
ONLY nine SIGNIFICANT ERRORS IN 67 YEARS
Devised by Yale Hirsch in 1972, our January Barometer states that as the S&P 500 goes in
January, so goes the year. The indicator has registered only nine major errors since 1950 for an
86.6% accuracy ratio. Vietnam affected 1966 and 1968; 1982 saw the start of a major bull market
in August; two January rate cuts and 9/11 affected 2001; the anticipation of military action in Iraq
held down the market in January 2003; 2009 was the beginning of a new bull market; the Fed
saved 2010 with QE2; QE3 likely staved off declines in 2014; and global growth fears sparked selling in January 2016. (Almanac Investor newsletter subscribers receive full analysis of each reading
as well as its potential implications for the full year.)
Including the eight flat-year errors (less than +/− 5%) yields a 74.6% accuracy ratio. A full comparison of all monthly barometers for the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ can be seen in the January 3, 2017 Alert
at www.stocktradersalmanac.com. Bear markets began or continued when Januarys suffered a loss (see
page 22). Full years followed January’s direction in 10 of the last 17 midterm years. See page 18 for more.
AS JANUARY GOES, SO GOES THE YEAR

Market Performance in January



1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

16

Previous
Year’s Close
16.76
20.41
23.77
26.57
24.81
35.98
45.48
46.67
39.99
55.21
59.89
58.11
71.55
63.10
75.02
84.75
92.43
80.33
96.47
103.86
92.06
92.15
102.09
118.05
97.55
68.56
90.19
107.46
95.10
96.11
107.94
135.76
122.55
140.64
164.93
167.24
211.28
242.17
247.08
277.72
353.40
330.22
417.09
435.71
466.45
459.27
615.93
740.74
970.43
1229.23
1469.25
1320.28
1148.08
879.82
1111.92
1211.92
1248.29
1418.30
1468.36
903.25
1115.10
1257.64
1257.60
1426.19
1848.36
2058.90
2043.94
2238.83

January
Close

17.05
21.66
24.14
26.38
26.08
36.63
43.82
44.72
41.70
55.42
55.61
61.78
68.84
66.20
77.04
87.56
92.88
86.61
92.24
103.01
85.02
95.88
103.94
116.03
96.57
76.98
100.86
102.03
89.25
99.93
114.16
129.55
120.40
145.30
163.41
179.63
211.78
274.08
257.07
297.47
329.08
343.93
408.79
438.78
481.61
470.42
636.02
786.16
980.28
1279.64
1394.46
1366.01
1130.20
855.70
1131.13
1181.27
1280.08
1438.24
1378.55
825.88
1073.87
1286.12
1312.41
1498.11
1782.59
1994.99
1940.24
2278.87

January
Change

January Performance by Rank

Year
Change
Rank

1.7%
21.8%
1
6.1
16.5
2
1.6
11.8
3
−0.7
−6.6
4
5.1
45.0
5
1.8
26.4
6
−3.6
2.6 flat
7
−4.2
−14.3
8
4.3
38.1
9
0.4
8.5
10
−7.1
−3.0 flat
11
6.3
23.1
12
−3.8
−11.8
13
4.9
18.9
14
2.7
13.0
15
3.3
9.1
16
0.5
−13.1 X
17
7.8
20.1
18
−4.47.7
X
19
−0.8
−11.4
20
−7.6
0.1 flat
21
4.0
10.8
22
1.8
15.6
23
−1.7
−17.4
24
−1.0
−29.7
25
12.3
31.5
26
11.8
19.1
27
−5.1
−11.5
28
−6.2
1.1 flat
29
4.0
12.3
30
5.8
25.8
31
−4.6
−9.7
32
−1.814.8
X
33
3.3
17.3
34
−0.9
1.4 flat
35
7.4
26.3
36
0.2
14.6
37
13.2
2.0 flat
38
4.0
12.4
39
7.1
27.3
40
−6.9
−6.6
41
4.2
26.3
42
−2.0
4.5 flat
43
0.7
7.1
44
3.3
−1.5 flat
45
2.4
34.1
46
3.3
20.3
47
6.1
31.0
48
1.0
26.7
49
4.1
19.5
50
–5.1
–10.1
51
3.5
–13.0 X
52
–1.6
–23.4
53
–2.726.4
X
54
1.7
9.0
55
–2.5
3.0 flat
56
2.5
13.6
57
1.4
3.5 flat
58
–6.1
–38.5
59
–8.623.5
X
60
–3.712.8
X
61
2.3
–0.003 flat
62
4.4
13.4
63
5.0
29.6
64
–3.611.4
X
65
–3.1
–0.7 flat
66
–5.19.5
X67
1.8
??
68

January Year’s
Change Change

1987
13.2%
2.0% flat
1975
12.3
31.5
1976
11.8
19.1
1967
7.8
20.1
1985
7.4
26.3
1989
7.1
27.3
1961
6.3
23.1
1997
6.1
31.0
1951
6.1
16.5
1980
5.8
25.8
1954
5.1
45.0
2013
5.0
29.6
1963
4.9
18.9
2012
4.4
13.4
1958
4.3
38.1
1991
4.2
26.3
1999
4.1
19.5
1971
4.0
10.8
1988
4.0
12.4
1979
4.0
12.3
2001
3.5
−13.0
X
1965
3.3
9.1
1983
3.3
17.3
1996
3.3
20.3
1994
3.3
−1.5flat
1964
2.7
13.0
2006
2.5
13.6
1995
2.4
34.1
2011
2.3
−0.003flat
1972
1.8
15.6
1955
1.8
26.4
2017
1.8
??
1950
1.7
21.8
2004
1.7
9.0
1952
1.6
11.8
2007
1.4
3.5
flat
1998
1.0
26.7
1993
0.7
7.1
1966
0.5
–13.1
X
1959
0.4
8.5
1986
0.2
14.6
1953
–0.7
–6.6
1969
–0.8
–11.4
1984
–0.9
1.4flat
1974
–1.0
–29.7
2002
–1.6
–23.4
1973
–1.7
–17.4
1982
–1.814.8
X
1992
–2.0
4.5flat
2005
–2.5
3.0flat
2003
–2.726.4
X
2015
–3.1
–0.7flat
2014
–3.611.4
X
1956
–3.6
2.6flat
2010
–3.712.8
X
1962
–3.8
–11.8
1957
–4.2
–14.3
1968
–4.47.7
X
1981
–4.6
–9.7
1977
–5.1
–11.5
2000
–5.1
–10.1
2016
–5.1
9.5 X
2008
–6.1
–38.5
1978
–6.2
1.1flat
1990
–6.9
–6.6
1960
–7.1
–3.0flat
1970
–7.6
0.1flat
2009
–8.623.5
X
X = major error Based on S&P 500


January 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Market Closed)

MONDAY




15




I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where
words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
— Vaclav Havel (Czech dramatist, essayist, political leader and president, 1936–2011)

First Trading Day of January Expiration Week, Dow Up 17 of Last 25

TUESDAY
D52.4
S52.4
N38.1

16

Sell stocks whenever the market is 30% higher over a year ago.
— Eugene D. Brody (Oppenheimer Capital)

January Expiration Week, Dow Down 11 of Last 19
Average Dow Loss: –1.1%

WEDNESDAY
D 57.1
S66.7
N 71.4

17

I have learned as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to
founts of wisdom and knowledge.
— Igor Stravinsky (Russian composer, 1882–1971)



THURSDAY
D42.9
S52.4
N 61.9

18

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
— Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President, 1858–1919)

January Expiration Day Improving Since 2009, Dow Up 8 of Last 9

FRIDAY

D38.1
S42.9
N38.1

19

Of a stock’s move, 31% can be attributed to the general stock market, 12% to the industry influence, 37% to the
influence of other groupings, and the remaining 20% is peculiar to the one stock.
— Benjamin F. King (Market and Industry Factors in Stock Price Behavior, Journal of Business, January 1966)



















SATURDAY

20

SUNDAY

21


JANUARY BAROMETER IN GRAPHIC FORM SINCE 1950
% Loss

JANUARY CHANGE

–10 –8 –6 –4 –2 0

2

4

6

% Gain

8 10 12 14

13.2
12.3
11.8
7.8
7.4
7.1
6.3
6.1
6.1
5.8
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.4
4.3
4.2
4.1
4.0
4.0
4.0
3.5
3.3
3.3
3.3
3.3
2.7
2.5
2.4
2.3
1.8
1.8
1.8
1.7
1.7
1.6
1.4
1.0
0.7
0.5
0.4
0.2
–0.7
–0.8
–0.9
–1.0
–1.6
–1.7
–1.8
–2.0
–2.5
–2.7
–3.1
–3.6
–3.6
–3.7
–3.8
–4.2
–4.4
–4.6
–5.1
–5.1
–5.1
–6.1
–6.2
–6.9
–7.1
–7.6
–8.6

% Loss

Bear markets started or
continued except for flat
1956 and 1992.
Turnarounds occurred
in 1968, 1982,
2003 and 2009. QE2
reversed 2010 and QE3
supported 2014. Global
growth concerns hit
2016.

FULL-YEAR CHANGE

–40 –30 –20 –10

1987
1975
1976
1967
1985
1989
1961
1997
1951
1980
1954
2013
1963
2012
1958
1991
1999
1971
1988
1979
2001
1965
1983
1996
1994
1964
2006
1995
2011
1972
1955
2017
1950
2004
1952
2007
1998
1993
1966
1959
1986
1953
1969
1984
1974
2002
1973
1982
1992
2005
2003
2015
2014
1956
2010
1962
1957
1968
1981
1977
2000
2016
2008
1978
1990
1960
1970
2009

0

10

20

40

50

2.0
31.5
19.1
20.1
26.3
27.3
23.1
31.0
16.5
25.8
45.0
29.6
18.9
13.4
38.1
26.3
19.5
10.8
12.4
12.3
–13.0
9.1
17.3
20.3

X 2001

–1.5
13.0
13.6
34.1
–0.003
15.6
26.4
??
21.8
9.0
11.8
3.5
26.7
7.1
–13.1
8.5
14.6

X 1966

–6.6
–11.4
1.4
–29.7
–23.4
–17.4
14.8
4.5
3.0
–0.7

X 1982
X 2003

–0.7
11.4
2.6
12.8

X 2014
X 2010

–11.8
–14.3
7.7
–9.7
–11.5
–10.1
9.5

X 1968

X 2016

–38.5
1.1
–6.6
–3.0
0.1
23.5
X = 9 major errors

18

30

% Gain

X 2009
Based on S&P 500


January 2018


MONDAY
D38.1
S52.4
N42.9

22

A good trader has to have three things: a chronic inability to accept things at face value, to feel continuously unsettled,
and to have humility.
— Michael Steinhardt (Financier, philanthropist, political activist, chairman WisdomTree Investments, b. 1940)



TUESDAY
D 47.6
S52.4
N 47.6

23

Never will a man penetrate deeper into error than when he is continuing on a road that has led him to great success.
— Friedrich von Hayek (Counterrevolution of Science, 1899–1992)

January Ends “Best Three-Month Span” (Pages 48, 56, 147 and 148)

WEDNESDAY
D38.1
S 47.6
N 57.1

24

I invest in people, not ideas; I want to see fire in the belly and intellect.
— Arthur Rock (First venture capitalist, b. 1926)



THURSDAY
D 57.1
S52.4
N 47.6

25

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
— Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President, 1809–1865)



FRIDAY

D 61.9
S52.4
N76.2

26

Technology will gradually strengthen democracies in every country and at every level.
— William H. Gates (Microsoft founder, b. 1955)



February Almanac Investor Sector Seasonalities: See Pages 92,
94 and 96















SATURDAY

27

SUNDAY

28


FEBRuary
Almanac

february

january

march
80
70
60

FEBRUARY

MARCH

50

SMTWTFS

1
2
3
456789
10
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728

SMTWTFS

1
2
3
456789
10
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

40
30
20

Market Probability Chart above is a graphic representation of the S&P 500 Recent Market Probability Calendar on page 124.

◆ February is the weak link in “Best Six Months” (pages 48, 50 & 147)
◆ RECENT RECORD: S&P up 10, down 5, average change 0.6% last 15
years  ◆  Fourth best NASDAQ month in midterm election years, average gain
1.0%, up 6 down 5 (page 157), #6 Dow, up 12 down 5 and #5 S&P, up 10, down 7
(pages 153 & 155)  ◆  Day before Presidents’ Day weekend S&P down 17 of 26,
11 straight 1992–2002, day after up 7 of last 8 (see pages 88 & 133)  ◆ Many
technicians modify market predictions based on January’s market.
February Vital Statistics
Rank
Up
Down
Average % Change
Midterm Year
Best
Worst

DJIA

8
41
27
0.3%
1.0%

% Change

1986
8.8
2009 –11.7

S&P 500

NASDAQ

9
38
30
0.1%
0.7%

7
26
21
0.7%
1.0%

Best & Worst February
% Change
% Change

1986
2009

7.1
–11.0

9
24
15
0.4%
1.3%

% Change

2000 19.2
2001 –22.4

Best & Worst February Weeks

Russell 1K

1986
7.2
2009 –10.7

Russell 2K

7
23
16
1.2%
1.9%

% Change

2000 16.4
2009 –12.3

Best
Worst

02/01/08
02/20/09

4.4 02/06/09
–6.2 02/20/09

5.2 02/04/00
–6.9 02/09/01

9.2
–7.1

02/06/09
02/20/09

5.3
–6.9

02/01/91
02/20/09

6.6
–8.3

Best
Worst

02/24/09
02/10/09

3.3 02/24/09
–4.6 02/10/09

4.0
–4.9

4.2
–5.0

02/24/09
02/10/09

4.1
–4.8

02/24/09
02/10/09

4.5
–4.7

Best & Worst February Days

02/11/99
02/16/01

First Trading Day of Expiration Week: 1980–2017

Record (#Up – #Down)
Current streak
Avg % Change

23–15
U3
0.31

Record (#Up – #Down)
Current streak
Avg % Change

19–19
U1
–0.05

Record (#Up – #Down)
Current streak
Avg % Change

23–15
U3
0.42

Record (#Up – #Down)
Current streak
Avg % Change

18–20
U2
–0.23

27–11
U4
0.27

22–16
U4
0.10

27–11
U4
0.24

23–15
U4
0.14

16–22
U1
–0.12

16–22
U3
–0.23

17–21
U1
–0.12

18–20
U4
–0.07

21–17
U3
0.23

21–17
U4
0.15

21–17
U8
0.24

25–13
U8
0.32

18–20
U2
–0.16

22–16
U4
–0.14

18–20
U2
–0.12

20–18
D1
–0.05

61.8
0.15

72.3
0.33

66.7
0.19

64.1
0.32

54.4
–0.02

48.9
–0.09

53.8
–0.07

53.8
0.04

Options Expiration Day: 1980–2017

Options Expiration Week: 1980–2017

Week After Options Expiration: 1980–2017

% of Time Up
Avg % Change

61.8
0.14

% of Time Up
Avg % Change

48.5
–0.01

First Trading Day Performance
Last Trading Day Performance

Dow & S&P 1950–April 2017, NASDAQ 1971–April 2017, Russell 1K & 2K 1979–April 2017.

Either go short, or stay away
the day before Presidents’ Day.
20


January/February 2018


MONDAY
D 57.1
S 57.1
N 61.9

29

The greatest lie ever told: Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
— Yale Hirsch (Creator of Stock Trader’s Almanac, b. 1923)

FOMC Meeting (2 Days)

TUESDAY
D52.4
S 57.1
N52.4

30

A market is the combined behavior of thousands of people responding to information, misinformation and whim.
— Kenneth Chang (NY Times journalist)

“January Barometer” 86.6% Accurate (Page 16)
Almanac Investor Subscribers Emailed Official Results (See Insert)

WEDNESDAY
D52.4
S 57.1
N52.4

31

What is it that attracts me to the young? When I am with mature people I feel their rigidities, their tight crystallizations.
They have become…like the statues of the famous. Achieved. Final.
— Anaïs Nin (The Diaries of Anaïs Nin, Vol. IV, 1903–1977)

First Day Trading in February, Dow and S&P Up 12 of Last 15

THURSDAY
D 71.4
S 76.2
N 81.0

1

When someone told me “We’re going with you guys because no one ever got fired for buying Cisco (products).”
That’s what they used to say in IBM’s golden age.
— Mark Dickey (Former Cisco sales exec, then at SmartPipes, Fortune 5/15/00).



FRIDAY
D42.9
S 47.6
N52.4

2

When Amercia sneezes, the rest of the word catches cold.
— Anonymous (circa 1929)



















SATURDAY

3

SUNDAY

4


DOWN JANUARYS: A REMARKABLE RECORD
In the first third of the 20th century, there was no correlation between January markets
and the year as a whole (page 24). Then, in 1972, Yale Hirsch discovered that the 1933
“Lame Duck” Amendment to the Constitution changed the political calendar, and the
January Barometer was born—its record has been quite accurate (page 16).
Down Januarys are harbingers of trouble ahead, in the economic, political, or military arenas. Eisenhower’s heart attack in 1955 cast doubt on whether he could run in
1956—a flat year. Two other election years with down Januarys were also flat (1984 &
1992). Thirteen bear markets began, and ten continued into second years with poor
Januarys. 1968 started down, as we were mired in Vietnam, but Johnson’s “bombing
halt” changed the climate. Imminent military action in Iraq held January 2003 down
before the market triple-bottomed in March. After Baghdad fell, pre-election and recovery forces fueled 2003 into a banner year. 2005 was flat, registering the narrowest Dow
trading range on record. 2008 was the worst January on record and preceded the worst
bear market since the Great Depression. A negative reading in 2015 and 2016 preceded
an official Dow bear market declaration in February 2016.
Unfortunately, bull and bear markets do not start conveniently at the beginnings
and ends of months or years. Though some years ended higher, every down January
since 1950 was followed by a new or continuing bear market, a 10% correction, or a flat
year. Down Januarys were followed by substantial declines averaging minus 12.9%,
providing excellent buying opportunities later in most years.

FROM DOWN JANUARY S&P CLOSES TO LOW NEXT 11 MONTHS

22


January
% 11-Month Date Jan Close % Feb Year %
Year
Close Change Low of Low to Low % to Dec Change
195326.38−0.7%22.71 14-Sep −13.9% −6.0% −6.6%bear
195643.82−3.6 43.4214-Feb −0.96.5 2.6
FLAT/bear
195744.72−4.2 38.9822-Oct −12.8
−10.6
−14.3 Cont. bear
196055.61
−7.1 52.3025-Oct −6.04.5
−3.0 bear
196268.84−3.8 52.3226-Jun−24.0
−8.3
−11.8 bear
196892.24−4.4 87.725-Mar −4.912.6 7.7
−10%/bear
1969103.01 −0.8 89.2017-Dec −13.4
−10.6
−11.4 Cont. bear
197085.02 −7.6 69.2026-May −18.68.4 0.1
Cont. bear
1973116.03 −1.792.165-Dec−20.6
−15.9
−17.4 bear
197496.57 −1.062.28 3-Oct−35.5
−29.0
−29.7 Cont. bear
1977102.03 −5.190.712-Nov−11.1
−6.8
−11.5bear
197889.25−6.286.906-Mar −2.67.71.1
Cont. bear/bear
1981129.55 −4.6 112.7725-Sep −13.0
−5.4
−9.7 bear
1982120.40 −1.8102.4212-Aug −14.916.8 14.8
Cont. bear
1984163.42 −0.9147.82 24-Jul −9.52.3 1.4
Cont. bear/FLAT
1990329.07 −6.9295.46 11-Oct −10.20.4
−6.6 bear
1992408.79 −2.0394.50 8-Apr −3.56.6 4.5
FLAT
20001394.46 −5.11264.74 20-Dec −9.3
−5.3
−10.1 bear
20021130.20 −1.6776.76 9-Oct −31.3
−22.2
−23.4bear
2003855.70 −2.7800.73 11-Mar −6.429.9 26.4
Cont. bear
20051181.27 −2.51137.50 20-Apr −3.7
5.73.0
FLAT
2008 1378.55
−6.1752.4420-Nov −45.4
−34.5
−38.5 bear
2009 825.88
−8.6676.53 9-Mar −18.135.0 23.5
Cont. bear
2010 1073.87
−3.7 1022.582-Jul−4.817.112.8
−10%/no bear
2014 1782.59
−3.61741.89 3-Feb −2.315.5 11.4
−10% intraday
2015 1994.99
−3.11867.61 25-Aug −6.42.5
−0.7 bear
20161940.24 –5.11829.08 11-Feb –5.715.4 9.5
Cont. bear

Totals − 348.8% 32.3% − 76.0%
Average
−12.9%
1.2% − 2.8%


February 2018


MONDAY

5

D 47.6
S42.9
N38.1

The thing you do obsessively between age 13 and 18, that’s the thing you have the most chance of being world class at.
— William H. Gates (Microsoft founder, Charlie Rose interview 2/22/2016, b. 1955)



TUESDAY

6

D 57.1
S 57.1
N 57.1

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
— Warren Buffett (CEO Berkshire Hathaway, investor & philanthropist, b. 1930)

Week Before February Expiration Week, NASDAQ Down 10 of Last 17,
2010 Up 2.0%, 2011 Up 1.5%, 2014 Up 2.9%, 2015 Up 3.2%

WEDNESDAY

7

D52.4
S52.4
N52.4

When a falling stock becomes a screaming buy because it cannot conceivably drop further, try to buy it 30 percent lower.
— Al Rizzo (1986)



THURSDAY
D 47.6
S 57.1
N 57.1

8

Buy when you are scared to death; sell when you are tickled to death.
— Market Maxim (The Cabot Market Letter, April 12, 2001)



FRIDAY
D 57.1
S 47.6
N42.9

9

The words “I am…” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching
back and claiming you.
— A. L. Kitselman (Author, math teacher, 1914–1980)



















SATURDAY

10

SUNDAY

11


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