Market Commentary 27740
March, 2018 Data:
Part 1
FORECASTS
12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the Dow Utility Index is in the table at the top of this
page. ForecastChart.com is forecasting a Dow Jones Utility Average of 727.
The table shows a HDTFA of 107 which suggests that the April, 2019 Dow Utility
Average could easily close anywhere between 834 and 620. Links to Forecasts
for twentytwo other stock indexes may be found by clicking Stock Market
Forecast at the top of any page.
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10 YEAR FORECAST
ForecastChart.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.
Part 2
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
All Time High 770 (November, 2017)
March, 2018 close 689
Decline From All Time High 11%
10 Year Return 44%
5 Year Low 478 (August, 2013)
Gain From 5 Year Low 44%
The highest all time monthly close in the DJUA was 770 in November, of 2017.
The March, 2018 close was 689. That's a decline of 81 points or 11% below the
Dow Utilities all time high. The Dow Utility Index is up 44% over the last 10
years. It has lost 1% over the last 12 months.
The March close was 20.26 points higher than the February, 2018 close of 669,
resulting in a 3.03% rise in March.
The 5 year market low for the Dow Jones Utility Average was 478 in August of
2013. The March, 2018 close at 689.01 represents a 44% gain since August,
2013.
ForecastChart.com's historical research covers the Dow Utility Average back to
February, 1929. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
DJUA, excluding dividends.
This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Dow Utilities. 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 Utility 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 Utility Average categorized by
the months of the calendar.
Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 1929  2018: Dow Utility Index
Rolling Period Last / Percentile Best / Average / Worst
1 Year 1% / 32nd 103% / 4% / 72%
2 Year 3% / 37th 119% / 9% / 83%
4 Year 29% / 59th 295% / 20% / 82%
8 Year 82% / 75th 290% / 43% / 86%
16 Year 125% / 65th 605% / 109% / 76%
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 Utility Index returned 3%.
That period scored in the 37th percentile, meaning that it scored better than
37% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1929. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 1929 returned 119%. The worst returned 83%. The average rolling 2
year period returned 9%.
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 
December, 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
100
The number of periods in each category for the Dow Utility Index are as follows:
1 Year: 1059
2 Year: 1047
4 Year: 1023
8 Year: 975
16 Year: 879
Dividends are not included.
ROLLING RETURNS, 1968  2018: Dow Utility Index
Rolling Period Last / Percentile Best / Average / Worst
1 Year 1% / 30th 46% / 5% / 41%
2 Year 3% / 36th 78% / 10% / 50%
4 Year 29% / 64th 142% / 20% / 45%
8 Year 82% / 87th 117% / 41% / 34%
16 Year 125% / 73rd 225% / 99% / 10%
The number of periods in each category for the Dow Utility Index are as follows:
1 Year: 591
2 Year: 579
4 Year: 555
8 Year: 507
16 Year: 411
Dividends are not included.
Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
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Monthly close for the Dow Jones Utility Average (DJUA) 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 Utility Average (DJUA)  5 Year History

Dow Utility Index (DJUA) Forecast
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Dow Jones Utilities: Historical Monthly Change










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2.91 0.20 0.06





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0.28 0.95 0.22






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 Utility Index
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Dow Utility Index Stock Market Forecast (DJUA)




Target Month: Forecast: HDTFA:




Forecast for the monthly close of the Dow Jones Utility Average (DJUA) for the target month indicated. See commentary and 10 year forecast below.


