Nearly seven decades of history foretell an immediate stock price surge following significant market declines, thus signaling a rally in the waning months of the year. So says S&P Capital IQ’s new global equity research report, released Monday.
The report says the current bounce follows a nearly 10% pullback that started on April 2.
“Since 1945, whenever the S&P 500 has recovered fully from a pullback (decline of 5%-10%), it recorded an additional average price advance of 4.6% (median) and 7.8% (mean) in approximately three months,” writes S&P’s chief investment strategist, Sam Stovall (left).
“Therefore, if history should repeat itself, and there’s no guarantee it will, the S&P 500 could advance to between 1,500 and 1,550 before year-end.”
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A large chunk of the gain in stock prices occurred Thursday, when the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 2% after European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi pledged to loosen monetary policy to support Europe’s weak economy.
Stovall writes that markets have shifted to riskier small-cap stocks since the early June market bottom in anticipation of central bank easing. While the S&P 500 has increased more than 12.5% since then, the S&P SmallCap 600 index has risen 14.2%, with energy and telecom sector components registering gains of more than 20%.