Market Extra: The S&P 500 has never had a down year after a start like 2017

So far so good?

On May 25, Wall Street closed the 100th trading day of 2017, with the S&P 500 having risen 7.9% over that period. That’s a strong start to a year—the fourth-best start of the past 20 years—but don’t worry if you didn’t miss the rally. According to data from LPL Financial, not only has the market never ended a year with a negative return after such a start, but such a beginning typically augurs well for gains through the rest of the year.

Since 1950, there have been 23 years, not including 2017, where the S&P rose at least 7.5% over the first 100 trading days.

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