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Market Extra: Will the Ides of March bury the stock market?

“I come here to bury Caesar, not to praise to him,” says Marc Antony in Act III, Scene II of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar. Caesar was famously murdered by a cadre of Roman senators on March 15, 44 B.C.E.

And the question for stock-market investors is, will March be the month that buries a run of records and monthly advances? or, will investors further gild the lily of equities, pushing stock indexes up in the coming month.

Read: MarketWatch’s market snapshot column

Although, past performance is no guarantee of future results, there is some precedent for March ringing up more positive returns for stocks, based on history, as the following table from Ryan Detrick, LPL’s senior market strategist, shows.

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