Will This May Day Be a Celebration… or a Distress Signal?

If you invest in the highest quality stocks to begin with – those with the best fundamentals, strong technicals, and Big Money flowing in – you’re likely to do yourself more harm than good by selling and hiding for six months. I dug into FactSet data and compiled the average returns by month for the Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Russell 2000 small-cap index (RUT). And yes, there’s some seasonal weakness in there, but the most volatile month is clearly September.