Too often investors…focus on the negative, lose confidence in stocks and, as a result, they can miss great bull markets… I believe when it comes to finding investment opportunities…it’s all about both monetary and fiscal policy….[As such,] I encouraged investors to follow the money. With that in mind, here are two of my favorite charts that I believe demonstrate how investors can do exactly that.
So says Frank Holmes (usfunds.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled Two Charts Illustrate How to “Follow the Money”.
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Holmes goes on to say in further edited (and in some places paraphrased) excerpts:
Below are said charts:
1. Global Manufacturing Activity
Manufacturing data among numerous countries has recently been moving in the right direction. For the month of July, the JP Morgan Global Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) stayed above the three-month moving average for the second month in a row. Global output continues to expand, rising to 50.8 from 50.6 in June.
The PMI…[is more than just] a gauge of economic well-being for the manufacturing sector. Last month, after the PMI initially crossed the three-month reading in June, I explained that this “crossover” has historically signaled higher prices for many commodities [stating that,] using the SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) as an example, since the beginning of 2009, history suggests that one month after the crossover, 60% of the time, the XME has gained an average of 7.4%. Consistent with its historical pattern, in July, the XME rose 7.6%.
There may still be room for these stocks to grow, too, as the next two months look promising for metals and mining companies. If you look at the three-month average after the “crossover,” 80% of the time, the XME gained 12.6%.
2. Presidential Election Cycle
Last fall, I said that all the excess money in the system, compliments of the Federal Reserve’s policy decisions, helped the S&P 500 Index to climb significantly. In fact, President Barack Obama’s first-term presidential cycle beat the average of all other presidential cycles going back to 1929. You can visually see this substantial growth in the red line below.
Now, a few months into his second term, Obama’s presidential cycle remains remarkable, as stocks continue to climb a wall of worry. The yellow line shows this upward trend, an outcome of the continued easing policies in the U.S.
At U.S. Global, we believe that government policy is a precursor to change, and the change appeared to be significantly positive for the S&P 500. To me, this chart indicates that many investors who have been following the Fed’s quantitative easing trail have found a very profitable path in U.S. stocks.
Looking Forward: Positive with a Chance of Rally?**
The S&P 500 Index closed the month of July with a 4.9% gain. What does this increase mean for the next few weeks and following three months? Research suggests markets continue to rally.
Since 2009, there were 13 individual months the S&P 500 gained at least 4%. Around 85% of the time, the index showed further gains, averaging 2.3% and 5.4%, respectively, for the one-month and three-month time periods.
|Dates: S&P 500 +4% Or More In 1 Month||1 Month Change||What Happens In Following Month||What Happens In Following 3 Months|
|Post-2008 Probability of Positive Returns||84.6%||84.6%|
|1928-to-date Probability of Positive Returns||65.1%||64.7%|
The continued rally holds true even if you look farther back in history. Since 1928, which is the year containing the earliest available data from Bloomberg, there were 215 times when the index gained at least 4% in a month. Even then, about 65% of the time, stocks saw an increase. The 1-month and 3-month returns were 0.9% and 2.0%, respectively.
Analyzing historical market trends can help investors take advantage of market cycles, although keep in mind the past does not predict the future. It’s hard to simply brush off the prospective brightness, however, as jobless claims headed in the right direction and manufacturing data out of China, the U.K. and the U.S. were all better than expected this month.
With a forecast for sunny skies, make sure your portfolio is positioned to shine.
[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]
*http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/frank-talk/two-charts-illustrate-how-to-follow-the-money/ **http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/frank-talk/stock-forecast-positive-with-a-chance-of-rally/ (©2013 U.S. Global Investors, Inc. All Rights Reserved)
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