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Market Commentary  19217
April, 2015 Data:

Part 1
FORECASTS

12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the Nikkei 225 Index is in the table at the top of this
page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Nikkei 225 Stock Index of 18954.
The table shows a HDTFA of 4107 which suggests that the May, 2016 Nikkei
225 could easily close anywhere between 23061 and 14848. Links to Forecasts
for twenty-two other stock indexes may be found by clicking Stock Market
Forecast at the top of any page.

BULL MARKET or BEAR MARKET?
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either a Bull Market Signal (up) or a Bear Market Signal (down). This
mathematical system performed very well in a 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 at the top of any page.
Then select the Bull Market & Bear Market Forecast.

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 (April, 2025
close compared to April, 2015 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 and the NASDAQ 100. 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                          38424 (May, 1990)
April, 2015 close                    19520
Decline From All Time High     49%
10 Year Return                       66%
5 Year Low                             8435 (November, 2011)
Gain From 5 Year Low            131%

The highest all time monthly close in the Nikkei 225 Index was 38424 in May, of
1990. The April, 2015 close was 19520. That's a decline of 18904 points or
49% below the Nikkei 225 Stock Index all time high.  The Nikkei 225 Index is up
66% over the last 10 years. It has gained 36% over the last 12 months.

The April close was 313.02 points higher than the March, 2015 close of 19207,
resulting in a 1.63% rise in April.

The 5 year market low for the Nikkei 225 Stock Index was 8435 in November of
2011. The April, 2015 close at 19520.01 represents a 131% gain since
November, 2011.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the Nikkei 225 back to
September, 1984. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
Nikkei 225 Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Nikkei 225 Stock
Index. 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 Nikkei 225 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 Nikkei 225 Stock Index
categorized by the months of the calendar.





























Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 1984 - 2015: Nikkei 225 Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
  1 Year                     36% / 89th                  66% / 4% / -42%
  2 Year                     41% / 75th                  110% / 9% / -55%
  4 Year                     98% / 90th                  200% / 10% / -52%
  8 Year                     10% / 80th                  84% / -13% / -59%
  16 Year                   39% / 95th                  71% / -34% / -64%

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, (5/2013 - 4/2015), the Nikkei 225 Index returned
41%. That period scored in the 75th percentile, meaning that it scored better
than 75% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1984. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 1984 returned 110%. The worst returned -55%. 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 Nikkei 225 Index are as follows:
1 Year: 357
2 Year: 345
4 Year: 321
8 Year: 273
16 Year: 177

Dividends are not included.











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13000
15000
17000
Monthly close for the Nikkei 225 Stock Index is plotted in gray. The forecast for the target month is
shown in green. See other links related to this stock index below.
Nikkei 225 Stock Index - 5 Year History
Nikkei 225 Stock Index Forecast
Target Month
Forecast
HDTFA
Forecast for the monthly close of the Nikkei
225 Stock Index for the target month indicated.
May 2016
18954
4107
Updated Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Nikkei 225 Stock Market Index Forecast
11000
9000
19000
7000
Nikkei 225: Historical Monthly Change
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Jan
Feb
Mar
0.39
0.51
-2.11
April
May
June
3.48
0.64
-1.47
July
Aug
Sept
0.46
0.13
0.05
Oct
Nov
Dec
-1.10
-1.13
0.86
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: Nikkei 225 Stock Index
1/10
1/2011
1/2012
1/2013
1/2014
1/2015
1/2016
1/17