For the sportingly superstitious among you, it is apparently vital that the San Francisco 49ers emerge victorious in Seattle Sunday evening if the markets are to have any hope of counteracting the Red Sox hex.

If you’re a stock-market bull, you may want to pull for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Super Bowl Indicator holds that any NFC team winning the Super Bowl is bullish for stocks. It’s worked 80% of the time since the Super Bowl began in 1967. But if you take a close look at the S.B.I.’s performance, you’ll see the stock market LOVES the 49ers.

In fact, win or lose, San Francisco has been in the Super Bowl in four of the five best years for the stock market since the big game between the NFC and AFC champs began in 1967.

The Niners’ Super Bowl wins in 1985, 1989 and 1995 were followed by annual gains of 27.7%, 27.0% and 33.5%, respectively, for the Dow industrials. From 1967 to last year, only the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory in 1975 delivered a bigger advance.

Even in 2013, when San Francisco lost to the Baltimore Ravens, the market boomed.

Why stock bulls should cheer for the San Francisco 49ers [MarketWatch]

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  1. Posted by GO FUCKING HAWKS | January 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Go Hawks

  2. Posted by pazzo83 | January 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Hey, does anyone have Russell Wilson's number?

    - Dan Snyder

  3. Posted by guest | January 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Yeah, but how does the stock market perform in years in which Shazer gets shitcanned from and/or resigns disgracefully from a writing position?

    I'd love to see that regression; and remember, a large sample size is key to a low standard error.

    - your friendly neighborhood FIG banker

  4. Posted by jesse pinkman, cfa | January 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Fuck the 'niners

  5. Posted by UBS MD | January 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    80% of the time it works every time…

  6. Posted by Bored Guest | January 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Wrong sport, wrong city, moron.

  7. Posted by Being Serious 4 Once | January 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Serious question. Why root for the niners? Is it harder to believe that Seattle would beat Denver or NE???

  8. Posted by Guest | January 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Reading comprehension.

  9. Posted by Being Serious 4 Once | January 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Duh – I'm an idiot.

  10. Posted by Rob J. | January 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Football. Seattle. You're a clown.

  11. Posted by Russell Wilson | January 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Really? Exactly which sport and city did you have in mind, Genius?

  12. Posted by HotKarl | January 20, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Hey Harbaugh…going wrist deep is for pussies. Try going elbow deep on some chick and we can talk.

    - J Gundlach

  13. Posted by vin | January 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    fucking imbecile

    Go (Sea)Hawks!

  14. Posted by Guest | January 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    He wears # 9

    - UBS NFL Quant

  15. Posted by DocSanchez | January 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  16. Posted by Bored Guest | January 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Oh the irony…

  17. Posted by Bored Guest | January 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I guess I should have signed it "Successful Troll" instead of "Bored Guest".