With the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics starting this Friday, we went back and calculated the performance of the S&P 500 during each Summer Games since 1928. The reason for using the cut-off of 1928 was due to the fact that Olympic Games prior to 1928 tended to take place over the course of months rather than the current two weeks. We also found the performance of the market for host countries during the Summer Olympics since 1984. Prior to 1984, data for foreign indices is sporadic.
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