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Uh-oh: September's typically a tough month for the stock market

Uh-oh: September's typically a tough month for the stock market

September could be as tough on your nerves as August. Last month was the harshest for the Dow Jones industrial average since May 2010, when the stock market was making its way out of the mess known as the financial crisis. And now, after losing 6.6 percent in the Dow in August, investors go into a month notorious for roughing up stocks. "September is the only month in which the S&P 500 fell more frequently than it rose," said Standard & Poor's IQ strategist Sam Stovall. And a cruel August doesn't necessarily treat investors to a more benevolent September. This August, the S&P 500 fell about 6.3 percent. Stovall found that since 1945 when the stock market...

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