Market Commentary 27741
March, 2018 Data:
12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the Dow Composite Index is in the table at the top of
this page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Dow Jones Composite Average
of 8435. The table shows a HDTFA of 1120 which suggests that the April, 2019
Dow Composite Index could easily close anywhere between 9555 and 7314.
Links to Forecasts for twenty-two other stock indexes may be found by clicking
Stock Market Forecast at the top of any page.
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one hundred year backtest and also in real time since going live in 2005. To get
the forecast signal for the broad U.S Stock Market, click Stock Market Forecast
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10 YEAR FORECAST
Forecast-Chart.com publishes a 10 Year Forecast for the following stock
market indexes: Dow Jones Industrial Average, FTSE 100 (United Kingdom),
Hang Seng (Hong Kong), S&P 500, S&P SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400,
NASDAQ 100, TSX Composite (Canada), Russell 3000, Russell 2000, Russell
1000 and the Wilshire 5000. For example, the probability that the S&P 500
equity index will be down at least 20% in 10 years is estimated (March, 2028
close compared to March, 2018 close). Over 100 YEARS of historical data was
used to calculate the probabilities. The index with the highest probability of
gaining over 200% in the next 10 years is the S&P TSX Index. The indexes with
the lowest probability of gaining over 200% in the next 10 years are the S&P
SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400, Russell 2000, NASDAQ 100 and the Dow
Industrial Average. To see these forecasts, click the Stock Market Forecast link
at the top of any page, then select the index you are interested in.
All Time High 8625 (January, 2018)
March, 2018 close 8072
Decline From All Time High 6%
10 Year Return 92%
5 Year Low 5022 (August, 2013)
Gain From 5 Year Low 61%
The highest all time monthly close in the DJCA was 8625 in January, of 2018.
The March, 2018 close was 8072. That's a decline of 552 points or 6% below
the Dow Composite Average all time high. The Dow Composite Index is up 92%
over the last 10 years. It has gained 13% over the last 12 months.
The March close was 63.34 points lower than the February, 2018 close of
8136, resulting in a 0.78% decline for March.
The 5 year market low for the Dow Jones Composite Average was 5022 in
August of 2013. The March, 2018 close at 8072.44 represents a 61% gain
since August, 2013.
Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the Dow Composite Index back
to January, 1981. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
DJCA, excluding dividends.
This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Dow Composite
Average. For links to longer term charts, look at the links under the five year
chart (above). One link opens a ten year chart. Another opens our longest term
graph on the Dow Composite Index. Just one glance at our long term charts can
provide tremendous insight into the historical trends of the financial markets.
The table above presents historical data on the Dow Jones Composite Average
categorized by the months of the calendar.
ROLLING RETURNS, 1980 - 2018: Dow Composite Index
Rolling Period Last / Percentile Best / Average / Worst
1 Year 13% / 51st 54% / 10% / -41%
2 Year 29% / 66th 76% / 21% / -42%
4 Year 41% / 40th 130% / 44% / -29%
8 Year 119% / 58th 229% / 97% / -24%
16 Year 165% / 36th 809% / 283% / 85%
How do you read the table?
For example: Rolling 2 year period returns are shown on the second row. In the
latest rolling 2 year period, (4/2016 - 3/2018), the Dow Composite Index
returned 29%. That period scored in the 66th percentile, meaning that it scored
better than 66% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1980. The Best rolling 2 Year
period since 1980 returned 76%. The worst returned -42%. The average rolling
2 year period returned 21%.
What is a rolling period?
It's an overlapping period in a data base. For example: In the 2 year period
included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12 Month Periods. The
first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February, 2000 -
January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 Month Period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
How is this information useful?
Best and worst case scenarios may be estimated based on historical facts.
Also, the relationship of the periods is sometimes very helpful. Suppose that the
worst rolling 8 year period in the last 50 years returned -30%. Suppose also
that the latest 4 year period has returned -50%. Market psychology at this point
may be one of great fear or possibly even panic. If the market stays flat for 4
more years, it will break the 8 year decline record by a whopping 20%! (-50%
minus -30% equals -20%.) 50 plus year records are not often broken. That
provides reason to hope that the market will recover that 20% over the next 4
years. If it does, then the 8 year loss will be 30%. The longest index histories
are found in the DJIA, FTSE 100 with FT 30, DJTA, DJUA, S&P 500, & NASDAQ
The number of periods in each category for the Dow Composite Index are as
1 Year: 436
2 Year: 424
4 Year: 400
8 Year: 352
16 Year: 256
Dividends are not included.
Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
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Monthly close for the Dow Jones Composite Average (DJCA) is plotted in gray. The forecast for the
target month is shown in green. See other links related to this stock index below.
|Dow Jones Composite Average (DJCA) - 5 Year History
|Dow Composite Index: Historical Monthly Change|
|Over the last 20 years, certain months have typically performed better than others. The |
average monthly return for each calender month over the last 20 years is shown above.
Dividends are not included.
Stock Market Forecast: Dow Composite Index
|Dow Composite Stock Market Index Forecast (DJCA)|
|Forecast for the monthly close of the Dow Jones Composite Average|
(DJCA) for the target month indicated. See commentary and 10 year