S&P 500 has Slipped in 7 of Last 9 Pre-Election Year July Second Halves

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Selling the September S&P 500 futures contract on or about July 15 and holding until on or about July 24 has a 56.8% success rate registering 21 wins against 16 losses in the last 37 years. The best win was $19,150 in 2002, and the worst loss was in 2009, posting a $12,650 bereavement. This trade had been successful in 13 of 15 years from 1990 to 2004. Since then it has nearly the opposite record, posting losses in 11 of 14 years from 2005-2018. However, in the last nine pre-election years this trade has been successful seven times. Losses were registered in 1983 and in 2011. In 2011, a longer holding period would have allowed the trade to turn profitable as S&P 500 dropped 16.8% from July 22, 2011 through August 8, 2011.

This year the setup is compelling as S&P 500 is struggling to breakout above 3000. Growth and earnings are slowing while the race for the White House in 2020 is beginning to heat up. Rate cut enthusiasm could also fade as quickly as it materialized.

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Jeffrey A. Hirsch is Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader’s Almanac. His latest book "The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles" (Wiley) was published in August 2012. As a frequent participant in the MrTopStep IM-Pro Trading Room, he shares trading insights with our other professional traders and new traders eager to experience the power of collective intelligence. Join us today and get the edge only social trading can give you.

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