After a tumultuous week, the S&P 500 gapped higher this morning and continued to rip throughout the morning. As of noon, the S&P 500 was up 2.2%, a much-needed rally after a week of pain. Since the start of 1983, the S&P 500 has been up by 2%+ at noon 110 different times, 22 of which have occurred in the pandemic era. There has been only one occurrence this year (3/9) and two in 2021 (3/1/21 and 12/7/21). On a median basis, the S&P 500 averages a noon-to-close gain of 54 basis points (bps) when it rallies 2%+ in the morning, which is over ten times the median of all periods (5 bps). However, looking at just Friday occurrences, the S&P 500 has had a median drawdown of 9 bps from noon to the close, which is 11 bps weaker than that of all periods. Additionally, Friday was the only weekday with median noon-to-close returns below that of all periods when the index had gained at least 2% by noon.
Friday is also the only day of the week with lower than average positivity rates following 2%+ morning rallies. Thursday is the strongest with a positivity rate of 83%. Overall, the index has performed positively from noon to close 70% of the time following these occurrences. click here to become a Bespoke premium member today!