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Dow Average (DJIA)
Dow Average Return Rate (DJIA) / S&P 500 Return Rate
Dow Average Return Rate (DJIA) vs. S&P 500 Return Rate
 
DJIA Return Rate
Simultaneous Change
DJIA Return Rate
Subsequent Change
1% Rise in S&P 500 Return Rate over 1 Year
+0.96%
-0.42%
1% Decline in S&P 500 Return Rate over 1 Year
-0.95%
+0.43%
What does the table mean?
It indicates that a 1% S&P 500 Return Rate increase over a 12 month period, (from
5% to 6% for example) has typically been accompanied by a 0.96% Dow Average
(DJIA) Return Rate increase during that year and a 0.42% Dow Average Return Rate
decline the following year.

It also indicates that a 1% S&P 500 Return Rate decline over a 12 month period,
(from 5% to 4% for example) has typically been accompanied by a 0.95% Dow
Average Return Rate decline during that year and a 0.43% Dow Average Return Rate
increase the following year.

The center column shows the change in the Dow Average Return Rate over 12
months, depending on whether the period experienced a rising or falling S&P 500
Return Rate. The right column shows the change in the Dow Average Return Rate
during the year following an increase or decrease in the S&P 500 Return Rate.

The data history in the middle column shows a strong tendency for the two
rates to move in the same direction during the same time period.

The evidence for using the previous 12 month change in the S&P 500 Return
Rate to predict the future direction of the Dow Average Return Rate is
significant (right column). However, the direction of the rates are inversely
related to each other. A change in the S&P 500 Return Rate suggests that the
Dow Average Return Rate will move in the opposite direction of the S&P 500
Return Rate.

Annual rates are shown in the graph and calculations.



How Do I Use This Information?
There are many investment theories that are well publicized in the financial press.
Even though little or no historical data may be offered as evidence for such theories,
many investors use them subconsciously, if not intentionally.

Example Theories: Rising Inflation is bad for the stock market. A booming housing
market is good for the S&P 500 stock index. A falling fed funds rate means that long
term interest rates will fall.

There  are  many such theories. In this site,  long term investment and economic data
is tested against decades to determine whether a relationship actually exists or not.
This historical correlation provides a vital aid in interpreting the often confusing
behavior of the financial markets. The perspective gained may be the difference
between staying the course or being blown and tossed by every investment theory
that is popular at the moment. What the majority assumes to be true, often is not. In
the final analysis, readers are admonished to follow the evidence, wherever it leads.

This page tests the relationship between the S&P 500 Return Rate and the Dow
Average (DJIA) Return Rate. Suppose you are making a business or investment
decision. Suppose again that the decision hinges on whether the S&P 500 Return
Rate and the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate tend to move in the same or opposite
directions. The data, graphs, and analysis above will enlighten you. You'll discover
whether they move with, inversely to, or independently of each other.

Suppose that the S&P 500 Return Rate has risen sharply and that you need to know
what direction the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate is headed in the near future.
Does the recent increase in the S&P 500 Return Rate provide a clue about the future
direction of the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate? The data history, graph, and
analysis above will show you how the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate has performed
after increases in the S&P 500 Return Rate. You'll see if one indicator has been likely
to signal a change in another. This is not intended as a prediction, but merely as a
clue to the future from the annals of history. No man knows the future, unless he has
the ability to control the future.

This site compares data series for interest rates, stock indexes, economic indicators,
currency exchange rates and real estate values. Suppose that you want to see how
stock indexes are influenced by interest rates or the value of the dollar. Click one of
the stock index links on the right side of any page. Links to our multi-series graphs
and correlation analysis may be found at the bottom-center of the stock index pages.


Formula for periods with a rising S&P 500 Return Rate:
1) Change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate DURING periods with a rising S&P
500 Return Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate Change / S&P 500
Return Rate Rise) x 1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate
over all rolling 12 month periods with a rising S&P 500 Return Rate) / (Average Rise
in the S&P 500 Return Rate over the same 12 month periods)] x 1% = Published Rate.

2) Change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate AFTER a rising S&P 500 Return
Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Subsequent Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate Change /
S&P 500 Return Rate Rise) x 1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate
during the 12 months following any rolling 12 month base period with a rising S&P 500
Return Rate) / (Average Rise in the S&P 500 Return Rate over the 12 month base
periods)] x 1% = Published Rate.


Formula for periods with a declining S&P 500 Return Rate:
1) Change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate DURING periods with a declining
S&P 500 Return Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate Change / S&P 500
Return Rate Decline) x -1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate
over all rolling 12 month periods with a declining S&P 500 Return Rate) / (Average
decline in the S&P 500 Return Rate over the same 12 month periods)] x -1% =
Published Rate.

2) Change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate AFTER a decreasing S&P 500
Return Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Subsequent Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate Change /
S&P 500 Return Rate Decrease) x -1% = Published Rate.

The  complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Average (DJIA) Return Rate
during the 12 months following any rolling 12 month base period with a declining S&P
500 Return Rate) / (Average decline in the S&P 500 Return Rate over the 12 month
base periods)] x -1% = Published Rate.


Rolling 12 Month Periods Defined:
Overlapping 12 month periods in a monthly data base.

For example:
In the 24 month period included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12
month periods. The first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February,
2000 - January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 month period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
December, 2001.
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The 12 month Dow Average Return Rate, is shown in gray. The rate is based on the DJIA monthly
close, excluding dividends. DJIA refers to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The 12 month S&P 500
Return Rate, is shown in green. The rate is based on the S&P 500 monthly close, excluding dividends.
Other two-data-series graphs are available. See links at the bottom of each page.
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S&P 500
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, is shown above in gray and is measured using the left axis.
The S&P 500 is shown in black and is measured using the right axis.
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