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How the S&P 500 fared under the past 12 presidents

If history is any guide, stocks should perform well next year. President Barack Obama will be in the third year of his term, a year that’s traditionally strong for stocks. Not since 1939 has the Dow Jones industrial average given up ground the year before a presidential election, and even then it fell only 2.9 percent, according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. Click through to see how the S&P 500 has fared during the terms of the last dozen presidents. Source: Standard & Poor's, Forbes magazine, Peter S. Cohan
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