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What is considered a good daily percentage increase for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard and Poors 500, and the NASDAQ stock exchanges?

I thank you for your reply.

Dear Kenneth--

Over the years, the stock market has returned around 8.5% a year. (The Dow and the S&P 500 pretty much track each other.)

Let's assume that there are 250 trading days in a typical year.

That means that if the stock market were totally stable, it would appreciate 00.034%  a day. (250 X 0.00034)

Of course, the stock market is notoriously volatile; some years, it even loses money.

I hope this answer helps.

Warren Boroson  

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Warren Boroson


Author of "Keys to Investing in Mutual Funds" (Barrons), "Ultimate Mutual Fund Guide" (Probus), "How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett" (JKLasser), and "The Reverse Mortgage Advantage" (McGraw-Hill). Former financial columnist for Gannett News Service.


Author of 20 books; winner of 1996 Personal Finance award from Investment Company Institute and Washington University. Formerly on staffs of Money and Sylvia Porter's Magazine. Had a radio program (on WEVD) about mutual funds and a newsletter, FundDigest.

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