Average market behaviour in January

The following chart plots the average performance of the FTSE 100 Index during January since 1984 (more info on this type of chart).

Average month chart - Jan (2014)As can be seen, historically the market starts strong the first few days but then sells off for two weeks, until rebounding strongly in the final week of the month.

December 2013

The following chart shows the average performance of the market in December (1984-2013) and overlays the actual performance in December 2013.

Average month chart - Dec overlay Dec 2013 (2013)In December 2013 the market was weaker than usual in the first couple of weeks, but the market then followed the historical trend when the Santa rally kicked in around the 10th trading day of the month.

 

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