|Today's chart illustrates how the stock market has performed during the average pre-election year. Since 1900, the stock market has tended to perform well during the first seven to eight months of the average pre-election year. For the remainder of the year, pre-election performance has tended to be more flat/choppy. This pre-election year has followed the path of the average pre-election year rather closely with a rally up until mid-February and a correction into mid-March with the aftermath of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami weighing heavily on the market over the past few days.Notes:
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Events of the DayMarch 20, 2011 - First day of Spring (Northern Hemisphere)
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