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Market Commentary  19209
April, 2015 Data:

Part 1
FORECASTS

12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the S&P 500 Index is in the table at the top of this
page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index
of 2177. The table shows a HDTFA of 299 which suggests that the May, 2016
S&P 500 could easily close anywhere between 2476 and 1879. 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?
A primary trend forecast for the U.S. Stock Market is provided free of charge in
this site with a time delay (archived pages). The current (up to date) primary
trend forecast is provided to subscribers only. 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 Standard & Poor's
500 Stock Index. The Ten Year Forecast estimates the probability that the S&P
500 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 5%
that the S&P 500 Index will be down at least 20% in 10 years (April, 2025 close
compared to April, 2015 close).

                             PROBABILITY
Down at least 20%          5%
Down at least 10%          6%
Down                               8%
Up                                   92%
Up at least 10%               91%
Up at least 20%               90%
Up at least 30%               88%
Up at least 40%               84%
Up at least 50%               80%
Up at least 100%             62%
Up at least 150%             45%
Up at least 200%             18%



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 S&P 500 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 Standard & Poor's
500 Stock Index . The data used in the forecasting model is updated monthly
and may change the forecast, particularly after substantial movements in the
S&P 500. The latest ranking of the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index is 7.
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 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.

The last time that the S&P 500 Index received the best rank (10) was 6/2009,
when the S&P 500 Index closed at 919. The last time that the S&P 500 Index
received a rank of 9 was 12/2012, when the S&P 500 Index closed at 1426. The
last time that the S&P 500 Index received the worst rank (1) was 10/2000, when
the S&P 500 Index closed at 1429. The last time that the S&P 500 Index
received a rank of 2 was 1/2001, when the S&P 500 Index closed at 1366. Last
month's close for the S&P 500 Index is in the Market Highlights section below.




Part 2
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

All Time High                          2105 (February, 2015)
April, 2015 close                    2086
Decline From All Time High     1%
10 Year Return                       80%
5 Year Low                             1031 (June, 2010)
Gain From 5 Year Low            102%

The highest all time monthly close in the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index
was 2105 in February, of 2015. The April, 2015 close was 2086. That's a
decline of 19 points or 1% below the S&P 500 Index all time high.  The S&P 500
Index is up 80% over the last 10 years. It has gained 11% over the last 12
months.

The April close was 17.62 points higher than the March, 2015 close of 2068,
resulting in a 0.85% rise in April.

The 5 year market low for the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index was 1031 in
June of 2010. The April, 2015 close at 2085.51 represents a 102% gain since
June, 2010.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the S&P 500 back to February,
1950. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the Standard &
Poor's 500 Stock Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the S&P 500 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
S&P 500 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 Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index
categorized by the months of the calendar.





























Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 1950 - 2015: S&P 500 Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
  1 Year                     11% / 51st                  53% / 9% / -45%
  2 Year                     31% / 72nd                  87% / 18% / -48%
  4 Year                     53% / 66th                  172% / 37% / -39%
  8 Year                     41% / 35th                  272% / 83% / -41%
  16 Year                   56% / 13th                  946% / 243% / 24%

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 S&P 500 Index returned 31%.
That period scored in the 72nd percentile, meaning that it scored better than
72% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1950. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 1950 returned 87%. The worst returned -48%. The average rolling 2 year
period returned 18%.

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 S&P 500 Index are as follows:
1 Year: 772
2 Year: 760
4 Year: 736
8 Year: 688
16 Year: 592

Dividends are not included.











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Monthly close for the S&P 500 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.
Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index - 5 Year History
Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index Forecast
Target Month
Forecast
HDTFA
Forecast for the monthly close of Standard &
Poor's 500 Stock Index for the target month
indicated.
May 2016
2177
299
Updated Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
S&P 500 Stock Market Index Forecast
2000
2250
2500
1750
1250
1500
S&P 500 Index Forecast
1000
S&P 500: Historical Monthly Change
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Jan
Feb
Mar
0.53
-0.58
1.48
April
May
June
2.10
0.41
-0.31
July
Aug
Sept
0.55
-0.57
0.01
Oct
Nov
Dec
1.59
1.34
1.46
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: S&P 500 Stock Index
1/10
1/2011
1/2012
1/2013
1/2014
1/2015
1/2016
1/17