What Happens After the S&P 500 Gains 1% for Three Straight Days?

The S&P 500 is up 1% or more for three straight days, as of yesterday (February 17). This is the first time this three-day streak has occurred since October 2011. The last time it made it to four straight days was in October 1982. Getting to four straight is very rare; the past 20 times the S&P 500 was up 1% on three straight days, it didn’t gain 1% on the fourth day. In fact, since 1950, it has made it to four straight 1% gains only three times.

Taking a closer look at the past three days, the S&P 500 has gained 5.4%, which is the best three-day rally since the August 2015 lows. This is the 30th time the S&P 500 has gained 1% or more on three straight days since 1970. The median return two weeks later is 1.1% and a month later is 1.6%.

Source: LPL Research, FactSet 02/17/16


We’ve noted before that the largest moves tend to happen beneath the 200-day moving average. With the S&P 500 currently below that long-term trend line, does this matter? As it turns out, returns after three straight 1% gains are weaker if they take place beneath the 200-day moving average.



Source: LPL Research, FactSet 02/17/16


Lastly, what really stands out about the past three days is the S&P 500 also closed near its high each day, in addition to gaining 1% or more each day. This has only happened four times in the past 30 years and the S&P 500 is up by an impressive average of 2.8% a month later with a median return of 3.0%.


Source: LPL Research, FactSet 02/17/16


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