BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- This year's cruel summer in stocks may get worse if history serves as a guide.The S&P 500 has recorded an average decline of 0.4% in September over the past 40 years, the worst month for the benchmark index, according to Capital IQ. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tends to fall 1.1% dating back to its beginning in 1896, says Dow Jones Indexes. That compares to an average gain of about 0.7% for all other months combined. Yet, several stocks in the S&P 500, such as Google ( GOOG) and Netflix ( NFLX), tend to outperform.
10. Nike ( NKE) Company Profile: Nike is the largest seller of athletic footwear and athletic apparel in the world. Average Return Since 2001: 6.6% Best September Performance: +17.3% in 2009 Worst September Performance: -6.1% in 2001 Analysts Ratings: Nike still has significant upside potential, based on analysts' price targets. The average target price of $99.61 is about 14% above current price levels. Seventeen investment research firms, from FBR Capital to Stifel Nicolaus, rate the stock a "buy." The five other analysts covering the firm say investors should hold onto the stock.