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Do stocks follow seasonal pattern of industries

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Question: Suppose you are following a retailing stock which has a strong seasonal pattern to sales. Would you expect to see a seasonal pattern in the stock price as well?

Answer: Yes

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Not necessarily. For example if you look at the stock prices of Amazon.com or Walmart.com you will not necessarily see significant ups and downs in the 4th quarter (thats when retail revenues peak). The market will typically factor in these variations into the stock price.


Here is the Amazon stock price for the last 5 years - http://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ%3AAMZN&ei=QlsPUbC2PMSxkAXqMA

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