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Today in Stock Market History – March 4th

This Day in History – March 4th

 

March 4th, 1957 – The S&P 500 index is introduced. Although Standard and Poors introduced its first stock index in 1923, today marks the anniversary of the S&P 500 index as we know it today. It closed the day at 44.06.

 

Best March 4th in S&P 500 History:

 2009 – Up 2.38%

 

Worst March 4th in S&P 500 History:

 2003 – Down 1.54%

 

Best March 4th in Dow Jones Industrials History:


1926 – Up 4.38 %, or 6.32 points

 

Worst March 4th in Dow Jones Industrials History:

 1897 – Down 1.88% or .57 points

 

 

 

Chart of the Day

The S&P 500 since its creation in 1957:

SP500_chart

 

Since March 4th 1957 the S&P 500 has returned 4424%, not counting dividends.

Or,  a compounded annual growth rate of 6.67%, not counting dividends.

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