$DIA and $SPY Performance Around August Option Expiration

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Next week is options expiration week and mid-August is often better performing than the beginning and the end of the month. This strength is punctuated with a four-day string of bullish days that wrap the weekend from August 14 to 19. A bullish day is defined as a trading day in which the S&P 500 has risen greater than or equal to 60% of the time over the past 21 years. Unfortunately, this bullish cluster has not always resulted in full-week gains during option expiration. Both DJIA and S&P 500 have suffered a weekly loss in three of the last four August expiration weeks.

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[August DJIA and S&P 500 Option Expiration Performance Table Since 1982]

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