A ‘Santa Claus Rally’ for the Stock Market?

Since 1969, 34 out of 45 years have seen a late December rally. Here are 5 reasons why that might not happen this year.

Dec 4, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. UTCUpdated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:38 a.m. UTC
Dec 4, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. UTCUpdated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:38 a.m. UTC

Since 1969, 34 out of 45 years have seen a late December rally. Here are 5 reasons why a Santa Claus rally might not happen this year.

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Our main discussion: Will we see a “Santa Claus rally” this year? 

This kind of rally refers to the fact that in about two-thirds of years since 1969, late December has seen a stock market rally, averaging a 1.4% gain. 

This year, vaccine optimism combined with new stimulus seems poised to once again jingle Wall Street’s bells. A piece in Bloomberg, however, provides five charts and reasons why this market rally is already overbought and overblown, so this year might be more coal than eggnog.

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