So Much For That Santa Claus Rally?

For those who prefer to trade by looking the rear-view mirror, December was looking like a bias-confirming 'Santa-Claus-Rally' month until just a few days ago. For the past 15 years, S&P 500 futures have averaged a rather consistent trend 2% gain in December and in the week leading up to Christmas, the S&P was holding up that plan at +2.6%; but now, sadly, the S&P is down for the month (underperforming the average by around 250bps). Oh, well, we hear there is a January effect to trade soon?



Chart: Bloomberg