Can 2017 Go 12 for 12?

2017 could be one of the least volatile years ever for equities, along with being a solid year for the bulls. In addition, we could also be looking at the first year in U.S. stock market history to see every month of the calendar year close higher.

“The S&P 500 Index has had monthly win streaks that lasted a full 12 months, but never in history have all 12 months of a calendar year been positive on a total return basis. And with only a few weeks to go, should December finish in the green, we could be looking at yet another amazing record going down at the hands of 2017,” per Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist.

1958, 1995, and 2006 were “close but no cigar” years, with each having 11 months in the green; while 1974 holds the record for futility with only one month in positive territory. The good news is that years following those with 11 higher months have never been lower, and average annual returns have been an impressive 10.8%. For more on monthly win streaks, be sure to watch this interview on CNBC with LPL Research.

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