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Top Performing Stocks In April (Seasonality)

These are stocks that excel in April, rising at least 78% of the time and producing as much as 12% gains during the month, on average. Stocks mentioned: WFT, SWN, OKE, ITW, HAL, EQT, COG, AVP, TKR, SLB, PPG, HXL, F, and EGN.

Seasonality is the study of how assets perform at certain times of the year. The stocks below show a strong tendency to rise in April, historically. That doesn’t mean they will rally this April, though. Seasonality is best used in conjunction with other forms of analysis and specific trading strategies, such as the ones discussed in the Stock Market Swing Trading Video Course.

Before getting into the best historical April stock performers, stocks as a whole, as gauged by S&P 500 index, tend to do well in April. Over the last 20 years, the index has moved higher 75% of the time (number on top of April column), and the average return is 1.8% (number at bottom of April column).

April stock market seasonality

Strong Seasonality Stocks for April

The statistics below are based on the historic monthly opening and closing prices. Therefore, gains or losses within the month may be larger than those disclosed below. For example, a statistic may say the biggest rally on a monthly basis was 10%, but during the month the stock could have been up 16%, but dropped to only finish the month up 10% (intra-month losses could also be bigger). This is why it is also recommended traders combine these statistics with other strategies, which help control risk and lock in profits.

Buying at the open and close of the month is also somewhat arbitrary. There are more precise times to take trades. Focus on seasonal opportunities that align with strategies you are already using.

This is the raw data. How you interpret it, and what you opt to do with it, is up to you.

All stocks do at least 500K in average daily volume.  Stocks with average or median gains of less than 3% are typically excluded.

89% Rally Rate

Weatherford Internation (WFT)

Price has rallied 24 out of 27 years, or 89%.

Average April gain is 12%.

In the rising months (24) the average gain has been: 14.33%.

In declining months (3) the average loss is -6.65%.

Biggest gain is 50.23%, and biggest drop is -10.01%.



Southwestern Energy (SWN)

Price has rallied 24 out of 27 years, or 89%.

Average April gain is 10.53%. This is a bit deceiving, as the median return is 3.71%. The average is skewed upwards by a few very big years.

In the rising months (24) the average gain has been: 12.21%.

In declining months (4) the average loss is -2.92%.

Biggest gain is 66.42%, and biggest drop is -5.24%.



85% Rally Rate

ONEOK Inc (OKE)

Price has rallied 23 out of 27 years, or 85%.

Average April gain is 5.78%.

In the rising months (23) the average gain has been: 7.83%.

In declining months (4) the average loss is -6%.

Biggest gain is 23.12%, and biggest drop is  -11.06%.




81% Rally Rate

Illinois Tool Works  (ITW)

Price has rallied 22 out of 27 years, or 84%.

Average April gain is 5.2%.

In the rising months (22) the average gain has been: 6.94%.

In declining months (5) the average loss is -2.46%.

Biggest gain is 24.42%, and biggest drop is -6.37%.



Haliburton Company (HAL)

Price has rallied 22 out of 27 years, or 81%.

Average April gain is 5.92%.

In the rising months (22) the average gain has been 8.28%.

In declining months (5) the average loss is -4.47%.

Biggest gain is 30.68%, and biggest drop is -10.27%.




EQT Corporation (EQT)

Price has rallied 22 out of 27 years, or 81%.

Average April gain is 4.08%.

In the rising months (22) the average gain has been 5.86%.

In declining months (5) the average loss is -3.73%.

Biggest gain is 15.95%, and biggest drop is -7.19%.



Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation (COG)

Price has rallied 22 out of 27 years, or 81%.

Average April gain is 6.25%.

In the rising months (22) the average gain has been: 9.35%.

In declining months (5) the average loss is -7.36%.

Biggest gain is 28.1%, and biggest drop is -19.84%.



Avon Products (AVP)

Price has rallied 22 out of 27 years, or 81%.

Average April gain is 6.54%.

In the rising months (22) the average gain has been: 9.17%.

In declining months (5) the average loss is -5.04%.

Biggest gain is 41.92%, and biggest drop is -10.59%.




78% Rally Rate

The Timken Company (TKR)

Price has rallied 21 out of 27 years, or 78%.

Average April gain is 7.21%.

In the rising months (21) the average gain has been: 11.6%.

In declining months (6) the average loss is -8.15%.

Biggest gain is 37.28% and biggest drop is -14.14%.




Schlumberger NV (SLB)

Price has rallied 21 out of 27 years, or 78%.

Average April gain is 5.9%.

In the rising months (21) the average gain has been: 8.88%.

In declining months (6) the average loss is -4.5%.

Biggest gain is 20.6% and biggest drop is -8.32%.



PPG Industries (PPG)

Price has rallied 21 out of 27 years, or 78%.

Average April gain is 4.92%.

In the rising months (21) the average gain has been: 7.11%.

In declining months (6) the average loss is -2.74%.

Biggest gain is 26.73%, and biggest drop is -5.56%.




Hexcel Corporation (HXL)

Price has rallied 21 out of 27 years, or 78%.

Average April gain is 11.26%. This is a bit deceiving, as the median return is 7.47%. The average is skewed upwards by a few very big years.

In the rising months (21) the average gain has been: 15.88%.

In declining months (6) the average loss is -4.92%.

Biggest gain is 70.01% and biggest drop is -14.32%.




Ford Motor Company (F)

Price has rallied 21 out of 27 years, or 78%.

Average April gain is 10.69%. This is a bit deceiving, as the median return is 4.25%. The average is skewed upwards by a few very big years.

In the rising months (21) the average gain has been: 16.06%.

In declining months (6) the average loss is -8.1%.

Biggest gain is 127.77% and biggest drop is -18.75%.




Energen Corporation (EGN)

Price has rallied 21 out of 27 years, or 78%.

Average April gain is 4.57%.

In the rising months (21) the average gain has been: 7.27%.

In declining months (6) the average loss is -4.88%.

Biggest gain is 23.98% and biggest drop is -8.82%.



Final Word on the Strong April Seasonality Stocks

This is the raw data. What you do with it is up to you. All traders are encouraged to do their own research and apply their own strategies if utilizing these statistics.

Each stock has a different risk profile. While the ‘average gain’ statistic is a key metric, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Making 7% may seem attractive but when looking at the volatility it may be more than you are willing to handle. Therefore, look at the all the data when deciding what to trade. Apply other technical and fundamental metrics to help zero-in on exact entry and exit points. Seasonality is not covered in my stock trading course, because it is a not a requirement for successful trading. That said, it is an additional tool you can use.

Losing trades WILL happen. Don’t risk more than 1% of your trading account on a trade (risk = difference between entry price and stop loss price, multiplied by the number of shares). There is always a risk in trading, and you can lose much more than you expect (even when you think you are only risking 1%).

By Cory Mitchell, CMT

Disclaimer: This article should not be viewed as investment advice, and is not a recommendation for you to buy or sell. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance.

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