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Did you sell in May? Cheer up - history suggests a prosperous six months ahead

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Soon the calendar will flip to the beginning of what the Stock Trader's Almanac calls the best six months of the year. This six-month period is when investors typically lean more cyclically, after being more defensive since the start of May.

By now many investors are well aware of the old Wall Street adage to "Sell in May". But how versed are they on the S&P 500's performance during the other six months of the year?

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Those investors worried that the S&P 500's gain of 10% during this May through October will steal from the upcoming six-month performance, the S&P 500's November through April returns typically improved after registering an above-5% advance during the historically weak May through October period.

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