The U.S. stock market is coming off a rough March. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average both declined, and it was the worst month for the Nasdaq in more than two years.
But things might be getting better. April has historically been a strong months for stocks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining an average of 1.9 percent going back to 1950. That stands as the single best month of the year for the Dow, based on average monthly performance.
It is the third-best month of the year for both the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks. The S&P has historically gained an average of 1.5 percent over the month, as has the Russell. For the Nasdaq, April stands as the fourth-best month, with an average gain of 1.4 percent.