Here’s How The S&P 500 Historically Performs During Thanksgiving Week

While many traders turn their attention from bulls and bears to turkeys this week, U.S. markets keep right on ticking. The NASDAQ and the NYSE close down completely on Thanksgiving and only operate until 1:00 p.m. Friday. However, traders that take the day off have historically missed some solid trading opportunities.

Light Volume

With 1.5 days less than the typical trading week, it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving week normally sees lighter trading volume than the average week. However, Thursday and Friday are not the only reasons why volume is light. Many traders take the whole week off for travel or vacation. In fact, market volume from Monday–Wednesday of Thanksgiving week is also about 7.0 percent lighter than volume for a typical Monday through Wednesday.

Thanksgiving Week Returns

Despite the light volume, U.S. markets tend to move…

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