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Market Commentary  26072
July, 2017 Data:

Part 1
FORECASTS

12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the Russell 3000 Index is in the table at the top of
this page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Russell 3000 Stock Index of
1394. The table shows a HDTFA of 205 which suggests that the August, 2018
Russell 3000 could easily close anywhere between 1599 and 1188. 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?
An updated primary trend forecast for the U.S. Stock Market is provided to
subscribers only. A time delayed primary trend forecast is provided to non
subscribers. Artificial Intelligence is used to forecast major turning points in the
broad U.S. Stock Market. The forecast is 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 Ten Year Forecast for the Russell 3000 Stock
Index. The Ten Year Forecast estimates the probability that the Russell 3000
equity index will achieve certain gain or loss benchmarks at a point in time ten
years in the future. For example, look at the top line of the table immediately
below this paragraph. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a probability of 3%
that the Russell 3000 Index will be down at least 20% in 10 years (July, 2027
close compared to July, 2017 close).

                            PROBABILITY
Down at least 20%          3%
Down at least 10%          4%
Down                               6%
Up                                   94%
Up at least 10%               92%
Up at least 20%               86%
Up at least 30%               79%
Up at least 40%               72%
Up at least 50%               67%
Up at least 100%             45%
Up at least 150%             32%
Up at least 200%             10%



Over 110 YEARS of historical data was used to calculate the probabilities in the
table above.  Dividends are not included. So you must add expected dividends
to the forecasted gain to estimate the total return for the equities represented
by this index.  Each month, new data is entered into the forecasting model and
the Russell 3000 is assigned a rank from 1 to 10. The best rank is 10 and the
worst is 1. That ranking determines the Ten Year Forecast for the Russell 3000
Stock Index . The data used in the forecasting model is updated monthly and
may change the forecast, particularly after substantial movements in the
Russell 3000. The latest ranking of the Russell 3000 Index is 6.
Forecast-Chart.com publishes a 10 Year Forecast for 12 of the 23 stock market
indexes covered at Forecast-Chart.com. 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.

The last time that the Russell 3000 Stock Index received the best rank (10) was
6/2009, when the Russell 3000 Index closed at 536. The last time that the
Russell 3000 Stock Index received a rank of 9 was 7/2012, when the Russell
3000 Index closed at 811. The last time that the Russell 3000 Stock Index
received the worst rank (1) was 9/2000, when the Russell 3000 Index closed at
792. The last time that the Russell 3000 Stock Index received a rank of 2 was
1/2001, when the Russell 3000 Index closed at 750. Last month's close for the
Russell 3000 Stock Index is in the Market Highlights section below.




Part 2
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

All Time High                          1462 (July, 2017)
July, 2017 close                     1462

10 Year Return                       73%
5 Year Low                             829 (August, 2012)
Gain From 5 Year Low            76%

The highest all time monthly close in the Russell 3000 Index was 1462 in July, of
2017.  The Russell 3000 Index is up 73% over the last 10 years. It has gained
14% over the last 12 months.

The July close was 25.50 points higher than the June, 2017 close of 1437,
resulting in a 1.77% rise in July.

The 5 year market low for the Russell 3000 Stock Index was 829 in August of
2012. The July, 2017 close at 1462.319946 represents a 76% gain since
August, 2012.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the Russell 3000 back to
October, 1987. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
Russell 3000 Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Russell 3000 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 Russell 3000 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 Russell 3000 Stock Index
categorized by the months of the calendar.





























Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 1987 - 2017: Russell 3000 Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
 1 Year                     14% / 58th                  53% / 9% / -45%
 2 Year                     16% / 41st                  86% / 19% / -48%
 4 Year                     45% / 46th                  151% / 42% / -38%
 8 Year                     154% / 75th               264% / 89% / -39%
 16 Year                   121% / 42nd               373% / 177% / 43%

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, (8/2015 - 7/2017), the Russell 3000 Index returned
16%. That period scored in the 41st percentile, meaning that it scored better
than 41% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1987. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 1987 returned 86%. The worst returned -48%. The average rolling 2 year
period returned 19%.

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 Russell 3000 Index are as
follows:
1 Year: 347
2 Year: 335
4 Year: 311
8 Year: 263
16 Year: 167

Dividends are not included.











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1400
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Monthly close for the Russell 3000 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.
Russell 3000 Stock Index - 5 Year History
Russell 3000 Stock Index Forecast
Target Month
Forecast
HDTFA
Forecast for the monthly close of the Russell
3000 Stock Index for the target month indicated.
Aug 2018
1394
205
Updated Friday, September 8, 2017.
Russell 3000 Stock Market Index Forecast
1000
800
1800
Russell 3000 Index Forecast
600
Russell 3000: Historical Monthly Change
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Jan
Feb
Mar
0.12
0.28
1.83
April
May
June
1.48
0.86
-0.71
July
Aug
Sept
0.87
-0.32
-0.85
Oct
Nov
Dec
1.53
2.04
1.26
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: Russell 3000 Stock Index
1/14
1/2015
1/2016
1/2017
1/2018
1/2019
1/2020
1/21