Analysts at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch have created the Global Wave, a compilation of seven global indicators designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of trends in global economic activity. The compiled data allows investors to predict equity market performance and…[it indicates that there is an 86% liklihood that we will experience a 14.2% increase, on average, in the performance of global stock markets in the next 12 months. Read more about the “Global Wave” below.] Words: 462
So says Frank Holmes (www.usfunds.com) in edited excerpts from his original article*.
Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!), has edited the article below for length and clarity – see Editor’s Note at the bottom of the page. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.
Holmes goes on to say, in part:
The Global Wave consists of 7 components, as follows:
|Source: Bank of America-Merrill Lynch|
|Industrial Confidence||Global economic output|
|Consumer Confidence||Demand/consumption side of the economy|
|Capacity Utilization||Investment/productivity side of the economy|
|Unemployment||Global labor market|
|Producer Prices||Producer prices in the manufacturing sector|
|Credit Spreads||Credit spreads using the Merrill Lynch Global High Yield Index as a proxy (the U.S. High Yield Master II Index was used prior to 1998)|
|Global Earnings Revision Ratio||Number of stocks with earnings upgrades versus the number with downgrades based on BofA-ML’s three-month consensus|
Last week, the Global Wave was signaling a trough in the global cycle, which prompted BofA-ML to suggest “investors position for an economic upturn” by increasing their exposure to equities.
According to BofA-ML’s research, the MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) averages a 14.2 percent increase for the 12 months following a trough in the Global Wave. Historically, the index has experienced a positive return 86% of the time.
Contributors to Upswing
1. Major and Extensive Quantitative Easing:
BofA-ML says global central bankers’ 138 stimulative policy initiatives in just the past eight months “appear to be having a positive impact” and, [as such,] macroeconomic data is improving.
2. Positive Trends in:
- industrial confidence,
- earnings revision ratio,
- credit spreads,
- consumer confidence and
- capacity utilization (while unemployment and producer prices are contributing negatively).
3. Earnings in U.S. Beating Analyst Estimates:
83% of the 106 companies in the S&P 500 Index that have reported results so far have beaten analyst estimates… If the current pace holds up, it would represent the highest beat-rate in three years….
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Emerging markets and the Asia Pacific ex-Japan region have historically been the best-performing regions following a trough for the Global Wave… The data shows that the following sectors have historically been the best performers:
- diversified financials,
- basic materials,
- autos and
That’s good news for oil and gold stock investors.
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