S&P 500 Down 1.7% in August

Stocks broke a five month winning streak, closing the month of August with a small decline.

  • The S&P 500 (SPY) fell 1.7% in August.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJ) fell 2.5%.
  • The tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 (QQQ) fell 2.2%.

Why Were Stocks Down?

I see two primary reasons stocks fell in august.

S&P 500 was over bought: U.S. stocks are having a great year with the S&P 500 recently posting five consecutive winning months. After the great run, the S&P 500 was a little overbought and needed to take a breather.

Seasonal weakness in August and September: August and September are historically two of the weakest months of the year for stocks. Take a look at this chart below.

What to Expect Looking Forward

Looking forward I’m expecting some more short-term volatility in September. But beyond that I am optimistic on stocks and I expect a strong finish to the year.

Better economic growth: Earlier this year the consensus opinion was a recession in the U.S. in 2023. But now, analysts are predicting that the U.S. is going to avoid a recession in 2023 and its giving stocks a boost.

U.S. will avoid recession in 2023 despite rate hikes

Better inflation data: The terrible inflation from the last two years continues to subside. This is always a tail wind for consumer spending, the economy, and stock market.

U.S. annual inflation posts smallest rise in two years

Seasonal strength in stocks: stocks have a history of doing well in October, November and December.

And finally, history shows that 2023 is setting up for a strong finish. Take a look at the study in the tweet below from well-respected analyst Ryan Detrick,

I View Weakness in Stocks as a Chance to Deploy Cash: Based on history and the study above, I view weakness in stocks as an opportunity to deploy cash. And that’s what I will be doing as an advisor in September – I will be looking to deploy more cash into stocks on weakness.

I’ll be back with another update next week – have a great day!

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Michael Vodicka

Michael Vodicka is the president and founder of the Vodicka Group Inc., a licensed investment advisor (Series 65) and a financial journalist.