This article shows you the typical patterns of the U.S. stock market in a presidential election year.
The typical election year under the magnifying glass
The chart below depicts the typical pattern of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) in election years. In a way, it represents a seasonal chart, but with only every fourth year used in the calculation of the pattern. Thus it shows the average move in stock prices in election years since 1900.
DJIA, typical pattern of presidential election years since 1900
As the chart illustrates,
- stocks tend to struggle at the beginning of election years. In the first six months the market on average enters a sideways trend with a moderate downward bias.
- A rally begins only thereafter and establishes an interim peak in early November when the election actually takes place….
The fact that prices, on average, fail to rise in the first half of election years points to an elevated probability of price declines.