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Market Extra: The fate of the stock market for 2018 could rest on the next 5 trading days

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The fate of the bull market could become clearer in the coming days.

The fate of the stock market for this year may arguably hinge on how shares trade in the next few days.

According to analysts at Bespoke Investment Group, if the market gains from April through July, stocks almost always finish out the year higher. It’s looking good for the S&P 500 so far.

“Now, we realize that there’s still another week left to go in July, but barring an epic collapse in the last five trading days of the month, this will mark the fourth straight monthly gain for the S&P 500,” said Paul Hickey, cofounder of Bespoke, in a Tuesday note.

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