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Market Attributes: U.S. Equity Indices Get Howard Silverblatt's take on the latest monthly performance of the U.S. equity market.
BY Howard Silverblatt

• The S&P 500® gained 5.62% in January, bringing its one-year return to 23.91%.

• The Dow Jones Industrial Average® returned 5.79% for the month and was up 31.64% for the one-year period.

• The S&P MidCap 400® was up 2.81% for the month and up 15.81% year-over-year.

• The S&P SmallCap 600® returned 2.47% in January, with a 15.01% return for the one-year period.


I’ve been at S&P for over 40 years, on the Street since my dad had to hold my hand walking into Delmonico’s; I can quantify the rally, flows, momentum, and fundamentals, can feel the sentiment, can talk the talk, and I think I understand the trades, but this market is different—stay alert and have a plan.

The S&P 500 closed at 2,823.81, up 5.62% for the month (5.73% with dividends), from December 2017’s 2,673.61, when it increased 0.98% (2.81%). For the three-month period, the index was up 9.65% (10.18% with dividends); for the one-year period, the index was up 23.91% (26.41% with dividends). It was up 31.98% (35.22%) from the Nov. 8, 2016, election’s 2,139.56 close, and it posted 14 new closing highs for the month (the last closing high was on Jan. 26, 2018, at 2,872.87). There were 62 closing highs in 2017, second only to the 77 posted in 1995, and there have been 84 since the election. The Dow® closed at 26,149.39, up 5.79% from December’s 24,719.22 when it gained 1.84%, and up 31.64% for the one-year period. It posted 11 new closing highs in January (the last closing high was on Jan. 26, 2018, at 26,616.71), with a record-setting 71 in 2017 (from 1896; 1995 had 69) and 99 since the election.

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