Where Does The Trump Rally Rank?

In honor of President’s Day this Monday, we’ll look at how the S&P 500 has done the first month after various presidents took office. Going back to 1950,* there have been 12 presidents, and using only their first-term returns, the best first month ever for the S&P 500 was a 6.8% bounce after President Johnson took office in November 1963. This is extremely surprising, given this rally took place after President Kennedy was assassinated. The worst first-month return was a 14.4% drop after President Ford took office in August 1974.

Where does President Trump rank? Take note that he won’t be in office one full trading month until Tuesday’s close, so there are still two full days to go, but as of now the S&P 500 is up an impressive 3.3%.


Per Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist, “Equities had a big bounce after President Trump won the election and have continued to add after the inauguration. Although there are many questions about the new president’s policies (many of which we analyzed here), equities markets are clearly taking the mounting questions in stride and looking ahead to better times.”

Have a great three day weekend everyone!


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