With tonight being the State of the Union Address I was inspired by a subscriber to examine SPX performance following past speeches. The data table below looks back to 1982. There were a few instances, such as 2001 and 2009 where the speech was not an official “State of the Union”, but was delivered under a different name. I have included those speeches in the results as well.
There appears to be a possible edge when looking out a few days. Perhaps after these speeches the country gets excited about prospects for the future? But below is an equity curve assuming a 5-day holding period.
All the curves look something like this in that since the turn of the century there has not been a quantifiable edge. I guess they just don’t write speeches like they used to.
Also, Overnight Edges earlier today looked at overnight performance during the State of the Union.