Sell the day and go away? U.S. stock returns come overnight
September 28, 2020 @ 14:43 +03:00
Mornings have been lacking in joy this month for investors seeking returns in U.S. stocks. So far in September, regular-hours trading has featured consistent selling, according to data from Bespoke Investment Group. On average, losses on the benchmark S&P 500 index have been steepest between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Eastern (1400-1500 GMT), and every hour thereafter during the session has registered declines.
Overall, the S&P 500 has registered losses for four straight weeks, its longest such streak in a year. “Besides some ever so modest gains in the opening half-hour, the rest of the day consists of investors hitting bids and unloading stocks,” Bespoke’s strategists wrote in a note on Friday.
September’s activity returned U.S. stocks closer to their long-term trend of outperforming in after-hours trading versus regular-session trading, in contrast with most of 2020, when they outperformed during the regular session. Since the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, which tracks the S&P 500, launched in 1993, it has posted a 722% return in after-hours trading but an 8.5% loss in trading during the regular session, according to Bespoke.
Sell the day and go away? U.S. stock returns come overnight, Business, Sep 28