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Published: Apr 01, 2022 6 min read

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April showers bring... a strong stock market.

The S&P 500 has closed positive in April in 15 of the last 16 years, according to LPL Financial, and April is routinely celebrated as one of the best months of the year for stocks.

“The good news is stocks really appear to love April," Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial said in a recent research blog post. "Not only is it the best month on average since 1950, but it has also been higher an incredible 15 of the past 16 years as well."

Of course, no one can predict where the market is heading in any given month. The stock market had a rough start to the year as investors worried about rising inflation, continued supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine and the likelihood of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. Stocks saw a slight comeback in March, but the S&P 500 still posted its worst quarter since March of 2020, when the pandemic began.