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Market Commentary  29188
August, 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. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Dow Jones Utility Average of 768.
The table shows a HDTFA of 112 which suggests that the September, 2019
Dow Utility Average could easily close anywhere between 881 and 656. 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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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 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 (August, 2028
close compared to August, 2018 close). Over 100 YEARS of historical data was
used to calculate the probabilities. The indexes with the highest probability of
gaining over 200% in the next 10 years are the Hang Seng and 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)
August, 2018 close                726
Decline From All Time High     6%
10 Year Return                       49%
5 Year Low                             482 (September, 2013)
Gain From 5 Year Low            51%

The highest all time monthly close in the DJUA was 770 in November, of 2017.
The August, 2018 close was 726. That's a decline of 44 points or 6% below the
Dow Utilities all time high.  The Dow Utility Index is up 49% over the last 10
years. It has lost 2% over the last 12 months.

The August close was 2.17 points higher than the July, 2018 close of 724,
resulting in a 0.30% rise in August.

The 5 year market low for the Dow Jones Utility Average was 482 in September
of 2013. The August, 2018 close at 726.41 represents a 51% gain since
September, 2013.

Forecast-Chart.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                     -2% / 30th                  103% / 4% / -72%
2 Year                     9% / 45th                    119% / 9% / -83%
4 Year                     29% / 57th                  295% / 20% / -82%
8 Year                     87% / 78th                  290% / 43% / -86%
16 Year                   200% / 84th               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, (9/2016 - 8/2018), the Dow Utility Index returned 9%.
That period scored in the 45th percentile, meaning that it scored better than
45% 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: 1064
2 Year: 1052
4 Year: 1028
8 Year: 980
16 Year: 884

Dividends are not included.



ROLLING RETURNS, 1968 - 2018: Dow Utility Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
1 Year                     -2% / 28th                  46% / 5% / -41%
2 Year                     9% / 46th                    78% / 10% / -50%
4 Year                     29% / 62nd                  142% / 20% / -45%
8 Year                     87% / 90th                  117% / 41% / -34%
16 Year                   200% / 98th               225% / 100% / -10%

The number of periods in each category for the Dow Utility Index are as follows:
1 Year: 596
2 Year: 584
4 Year: 560
8 Year: 512
16 Year: 416

Dividends are not included.










Updated Friday, September 7, 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
1100
1000
900
800
700
600
500
Dow Jones Utilities: Historical Monthly Change
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Jan
Feb
Mar
-0.32
-1.35
0.77
April
May
June
2.91
0.20
-0.06
July
Aug
Sept
-0.28
0.95
0.22
Oct
Nov
Dec
0.42
-0.96
2.51
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
1/14
1/2015
1/2016
1/2017
1/2018
1/2019
1/2020
1/21
Dow Utility Index Stock Market Forecast (DJUA)
   
Target Month:
Forecast:
HDTFA:
September, 2019
768
112
 
Forecast for the monthly close of the Dow Jones Utility Average (DJUA)
for the target month indicated.    See commentary and 10 year forecast
below.