Here Is What To Watch After Dow Hits Record High

On the heels of the Dow hitting an all-time high, here is what to watch to know what to expect next.

Record High
December 18 (
King World News) – 
Jason Goepfert at SentimenTrader:  The Dow becomes the first to score a record high, with excellent participation.

Key points:

  • The Dow Industrials reached a new high for the first time in nearly two years
  • Internal participation has been good among Dow stocks, with the McClellan Summation Index also hitting a new high
  • The Dow is the first of the “big four” indexes to reach a new high, which has not been a barrier to further gains

The first record in a while
The old general finally did it.

As we all know by now, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a new all-time high last week. It was the first record close in nearly two years, which ended one of the longer streaks since 1900.

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After the first new high in at least 450 trading sessions, the Dow continued to gain for the next week with only one exception but then often faltered. Three months later, it had added to its gains less than half the time, with a poor median return. Over the next year, however, it enjoyed double-digit gains after 7 of the 11 instances.

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Participation has been good
One of the points that bears have loved to mock this year has been that all the gains have been due to a handful of stocks. That is demonstrably untrue, as we’ve discussed multiple times.

One more example of how fruitless that line of anxiety has been is that one of the best measures of the momentum of underlying participation, the McClellan Summation Index, has soared to a multi-year high for the Dow Industrials.

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It had been more than 1,000 sessions since the Dow’s Summation Index last reached a multi-year high. That’s one of the longest streaks in 60 years.

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After the Summation Index carved out a new multi-year high, the Dow tended to give back some gains over the next month. Only one of the signals didn’t pull back at some point over the medium-term. But all of them showed double-digit gains over the next year.

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The table of maximum gains and losses across time frames shows that risk was modest up to a year later. Only one signal, in 2010, pulled back more than -10% at any point. The others all had drawdowns smaller than -4%, which is quite remarkable.

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It’s tough to rely too heavily on such small sample sizes, but the table below expands the sample a bit by looking at shorter times between new highs in the Summation Index. The conclusions are pretty much the same.

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The first index to hit a new high
There is some worry that the Dow Industrials is the only index out of the “big four” (DJIA, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Russell 2000) to reach a new all-time high.

The table below shows other instances when this has been the case. Short- to medium-term returns were nothing special, but the Dow rose all but once over the next 6-12 months.

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It was even less of a worry for the Nasdaq. Over the next six months, it sported a gain every time, averaging more than +10%.

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There is even more anxiety that the Nasdaq and Russell are lagging quite significantly, with both indexes at least 5% off their own all-time highs. There were only four precedents, and the Dow did show a moderate struggle to hold onto gains, with three losses up to two months later. The precursor to the 1990 recession was the only one showing a moderate long-term loss.

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What the research tells us…
A record high in the world’s most venerable stock market index is always a cause for celebration in the financial media. For investors, however, it has not been a consistently actionable signal. Sometimes, it preceded gains, other times, losses; essentially a toss-up.

What’s more impressive is the internal momentum in the stock underlying the index. Gains have been broad-based and persistent, driving the Dow’s Summation Index to multi-year highs. This has been a more consistent signal, with modest losses shorter-term and nearly universal gains over the next 6-12 months. The fact that the stodgy Dow was the first primary index to reach a new high does not sully that conclusion – if anything, it strengthens it. This is another example of why Jason Goepfert is the best in the world at what he does – providing actionable market data. To subscribe to the internationally acclaimed work Goepfert produces at SentimenTrader CLICK HERE.

ALSO RELEASED: “A Pretty Big Gamble” With Global Markets, Plus What’s Happening With Car Loans CLICK HERE
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On the heels of the Dow hitting an all-time high, here is what to watch to know what to expect next.

Record High
December 18 (
King World News) – 
Jason Goepfert at SentimenTrader:  The Dow becomes the first to score a record high, with excellent participation.

Key points:

  • The Dow Industrials reached a new high for the first time in nearly two years
  • Internal participation has been good among Dow stocks, with the McClellan Summation Index also hitting a new high
  • The Dow is the first of the “big four” indexes to reach a new high, which has not been a barrier to further gains

The first record in a while
The old general finally did it.

As we all know by now, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a new all-time high last week. It was the first record close in nearly two years, which ended one of the longer streaks since 1900.

sentimentrader.com

After the first new high in at least 450 trading sessions, the Dow continued to gain for the next week with only one exception but then often faltered. Three months later, it had added to its gains less than half the time, with a poor median return. Over the next year, however, it enjoyed double-digit gains after 7 of the 11 instances.

sentimentrader.com

Participation has been good
One of the points that bears have loved to mock this year has been that all the gains have been due to a handful of stocks. That is demonstrably untrue, as we’ve discussed multiple times.

One more example of how fruitless that line of anxiety has been is that one of the best measures of the momentum of underlying participation, the McClellan Summation Index, has soared to a multi-year high for the Dow Industrials.

sentimentrader.com

It had been more than 1,000 sessions since the Dow’s Summation Index last reached a multi-year high. That’s one of the longest streaks in 60 years.

sentimentrader.com

After the Summation Index carved out a new multi-year high, the Dow tended to give back some gains over the next month. Only one of the signals didn’t pull back at some point over the medium-term. But all of them showed double-digit gains over the next year.

sentimentrader.com

The table of maximum gains and losses across time frames shows that risk was modest up to a year later. Only one signal, in 2010, pulled back more than -10% at any point. The others all had drawdowns smaller than -4%, which is quite remarkable.

sentimentrader.com

It’s tough to rely too heavily on such small sample sizes, but the table below expands the sample a bit by looking at shorter times between new highs in the Summation Index. The conclusions are pretty much the same.

sentimentrader.com

The first index to hit a new high
There is some worry that the Dow Industrials is the only index out of the “big four” (DJIA, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Russell 2000) to reach a new all-time high.

The table below shows other instances when this has been the case. Short- to medium-term returns were nothing special, but the Dow rose all but once over the next 6-12 months.

sentimentrader.com

It was even less of a worry for the Nasdaq. Over the next six months, it sported a gain every time, averaging more than +10%.

sentimentrader.com

There is even more anxiety that the Nasdaq and Russell are lagging quite significantly, with both indexes at least 5% off their own all-time highs. There were only four precedents, and the Dow did show a moderate struggle to hold onto gains, with three losses up to two months later. The precursor to the 1990 recession was the only one showing a moderate long-term loss.

sentimentrader.com

What the research tells us…
A record high in the world’s most venerable stock market index is always a cause for celebration in the financial media. For investors, however, it has not been a consistently actionable signal. Sometimes, it preceded gains, other times, losses; essentially a toss-up.

What’s more impressive is the internal momentum in the stock underlying the index. Gains have been broad-based and persistent, driving the Dow’s Summation Index to multi-year highs. This has been a more consistent signal, with modest losses shorter-term and nearly universal gains over the next 6-12 months. The fact that the stodgy Dow was the first primary index to reach a new high does not sully that conclusion – if anything, it strengthens it. This is another example of why Jason Goepfert is the best in the world at what he does – providing actionable market data. To subscribe to the internationally acclaimed work Goepfert produces at SentimenTrader CLICK HERE.

ALSO RELEASED: “A Pretty Big Gamble” With Global Markets, Plus What’s Happening With Car Loans CLICK HERE
ALSO RELEASED: 2024 Is Going To Be A Financial Disaster For The World CLICK HERE

To listen to Alasdair Macleod discuss the wild trading in the gold and silver markets as well as the US dollar and mining stocks CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW.

© 2023 by King World News®. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  However, linking directly to the articles is permitted and encouraged.

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