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September, historically a bad month for stocks, more worrisome than usual

September, historically a bad month for stocks, more worrisome than usual

Stock investors hoping for a bit of relief after a rough August, take warning: September is historically a bad month for stocks, and this one offers a few more potholes than usual. September is the only month of the year in which the Standard & Poor's 500 index has fallen more often than it has risen in the post-World War II era, according to Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist for S&P Capital IQ. It's also the month that has produced the worst average return, a negative 0.63%, compared with a positive 0.66% for the average month from the end of 1945 through Friday. "We start a month with a bad reputation," he wrote in a recent note. That's an unnerving...

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