After a strong 2017 for equities as an asset class, 2018 has started off with a bit of a change of character. Volatility is back and frustrating stock market participants, with the median of 43 global stock market indices correcting 11% peak to trough, however, as of today 31 of 43 (72%) stock markets are in a confirmed uptrend as indicated by a rising 200-day moving average. The median equity market is off 5.77% from its 52-week high and has not hit a 52-week high in 66 days, or about 3 months/1 quarter.
I don’t know about you, but at face value these stats do not seem to support the prevailing sentiment that stocks are headed lower, and much lower at that. There are some valid concerns, yes, but after looking at charts from all over the world, the weight of the evidence continues to suggest higher stock prices globally. Still, many question what will be the driving force behind higher prices. Well, in regards to India I see several failed bearish patterns that could fuel new highs in the major indices. [Read more…]