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By Shawn Langlois

Hump Day takes on a particular historic significance this week.

Sure, October, particularly during election years, is typically pretty rough for market bulls, and, after Monday’s painful session, it looks like that could ring true once again.

But, going all the way back to 1950, a splash of bright green amid all the red has typically emerged. And as you can see from this LPL Financial chart , that day is right around the corner.

So, as the red circle shows, the S&P 500 has turned in an average gain of 0.54% on October 28, to beat all others over the past 70 years. The second best day of the year is the day after Christmas. Then there’s October 19, the worst day of the year, thanks mostly to the nasty crash of 1987.

Stats like this, of course, may not mean a whole lot, and obviously shouldn’t be used as a guide for making trading decisions, but if history repeats, the sting from Monday could be short-lived.

If there is a rebound in the offing, it’ll likely depend, as least in part, on what we see on the earnings front, where reports from more than a third of the S&P 500 are on tap, including tech notables such as Facebook /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB -0.48% Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +2.15% , Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +0.75% , Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/205272083/delayed XE:MSF -0.33%   /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +0.0047%  and Alphabet /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +0.14% .

At last check, it was still ugly out there. With COVID-19 cases surging in Europe and the U.S. and a new round of fiscal spending proving elusive, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.58% was down almost 800 points, while both the S&P /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.16% and tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.48% were firmly lower, as well.

/zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 275.59
-1.33 -0.48%
Volume: 12.47M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
31.38
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$784.96 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.57M
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/zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 3,185.07
+67.01 +2.15%
Volume: 3.79M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
93.28
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1598.11 billion
Rev. per Employee
$351,531
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/zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 116.03
+0.86 +0.75%
Volume: 76.50M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
35.52
Dividend Yield
0.71%
Market Cap
$1972.72 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.86M
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/zigman2/quotes/205272083/delayed
XE : Germany: Xetra
180.06
-0.60 -0.33%
Volume: 3,948
Nov. 27, 2020 11:22a
P/E Ratio
32.59
Dividend Yield
1.04%
Market Cap
€1358.74 billion
Rev. per Employee
€793,648
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/zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 213.87
+0.01 +0.0047%
Volume: 21.01M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
34.50
Dividend Yield
1.05%
Market Cap
$1616.96 billion
Rev. per Employee
$877,393
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/zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 1,771.43
+2.55 +0.14%
Volume: 1.05M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
35.37
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1195.71 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.36M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
29,872.47
-173.77 -0.58%
Volume: 324.19M
Nov. 25, 2020 5:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,629.65
-5.76 -0.16%
Volume: 2.32B
Nov. 25, 2020 5:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
12,094.40
+57.62 +0.48%
Volume: 4.16M
Nov. 25, 2020 5:16p
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