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Rarely This Century Has the S&P 500 Had More Winning Stocks

  • Rough September not enough to hurt number of year’s gainers
  • Fourth quarter has historically been the best for the market
The New York Stock Exchange.
The New York Stock Exchange.Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Even a choppy September hasn’t changed a key measure of 2021’s bullish tone: only twice in the last 20 years have more S&P 500 stocks headed into the fourth quarter with gains for the year.

So far this year, 412 members of the S&P 500 are in the green, the third most for any year since at least 2001, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Only five times since 2001 have more than 400 stocks been positive through September -- and every time the market added to those gains to cap off the year.