BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- As Mr. Market gets ready for the holidays, are investors going to be left with coal in their stockings at the end of 2011?
Historically, December is a very strong month for stocks -- in the last century, that seasonality relationship has left investors with gains 73% of the time. To date, this December hasn't quite lived up to the norm; as I write, the S&P 500 is down around 2.2% on the month. The biggest reason for that is the abundance of drama-induced volatility that's ravaged Wall Street this quarter.
Seasonality is strongest when investors are complacent and calm. This December, they've been anything but.
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