Stocks Around the World Are Soaring to New Heights

The Weekend Edition is pulled from the daily Stansberry Digest. The Digest comes free with a subscription to any of our premium products.
 
 "Dow 20,000" is here…
 
After several weeks of unsuccessful attempts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finally broke above the 20,000 level this week.
 
As you can see in the chart below, the index of 30 of the "bluest" blue-chip stocks closed at a new all-time high on Wednesday… And it moved even higher on Thursday, ending that day at 20,100.91.
 
But this week's breakout wasn't limited to the Dow…
 
The blue-chip S&P 500 Index also closed at a new all-time high… The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index closed at a new high… And even the Wilshire 5000 Index – considered the benchmark of the entire U.S. equity market – jumped to a record high.
 
 Perhaps most notable, the rally hasn't been limited to U.S. stocks alone…
 
The MSCI World Ex-U.S. Index – which tracks stocks across all 23 of the world's developed markets, excluding the United States – broke out to a new 52-week high as well (hat tip to financial blog The Reformed Broker)…
 
As we've discussed, U.S. stocks have been moving higher following Donald Trump's unexpected election victory in November.
 
But the chart of the MSCI World Ex-U.S. Index shows that stocks around the world are moving higher, too. And it suggests the recent rally has been driven by fundamental changes in the global economy, rather than the election alone.
 
 Contrary to conventional wisdom, our colleague Steve Sjuggerud says seeing stocks break out to new all-time highs tends to be an incredibly bullish sign…
 
He last explained this idea in November, as all four major U.S. indexes were setting new highs. As he wrote in the November 25 issue of DailyWealth
 
It was all over the news… "For the first time since 1999, all four major stock indexes hit all-time highs on the same day." I got calls from coworkers, family members, and good friends. They were all worried. "This feels like a bubble," they all said. "Is it time to sell?" NO. It's not…
 
Stocks perform fantastically after hitting new 12-month highs. We crunched the numbers. And the results were amazing.
 
You REALLY want to own stocks after a new 12-month high… And you really DON'T want to buy stocks after a new 12-month low. This table sums it up best. It shows the return 12 months after a new 12-month high or low. Take a look…
 
Since 1928
12-Month Return
% of Time
After 12-month high
7.3%
31%
After 12-month low
2.8%
11%
Not a new high or low
4.4%
57%
All periods
5.1%
100%
S&P 500 compounded annual gains
Based on monthly data, not including dividends
 Steve's call is exactly right so far…
 
The S&P 500 is already up around 4% since he wrote those words. But this is nothing new…
 
We know of no other analyst anywhere – and this means anywhere – who has been as steadfastly bullish (and absolutely correct) about U.S. stocks since the bull market began.
 
Time and again over the past eight years, Steve has told readers, "Don't worry"… "Stay long"… "Stocks are headed higher."
 
If you've been with us for long, you've likely heard this before. But you may be surprised to learn just how prescient some of his calls have been…
 
For example, Steve first turned bullish on U.S. stocks in March 2009, just days after the bear market bottomed… Of course, we didn't know this at the time. Stocks had fallen more than 50% over the previous 18 months, and most investors were panicking.
 
But Steve noticed the economy was quietly moving from "bad" to "less bad." And in the March 20, 2009 DailyWealth, he told readers unequivocally, "You want to own stocks, right now."
 
 In late 2010, after stocks had already rallied 50% off their bear market bottom, Steve remained bullish… In his October 9, 2010 DailyWealth, titled "Why EVERYTHING Is Up and Will Go Higher Still," he told his readers the bull market would continue.
 
In late 2011, after stocks had suffered their first major correction since the financial crisis, Steve again reassured readers the bull market would continue… Writing in the October 10, 2011 DailyWealth, Steve said history suggested that a "major bottom" in stocks was near. Again, he was right… In fact, stocks had already bottomed just days before.
 
As stocks continued higher in 2012 and 2013, Steve reaffirmed his bullish stance time and again.
 
When stocks suffered another correction in late 2014, Steve again called the bottom, nearly to the day. In the October 2, 2014 DailyWealth, Steve urged readers to "stay on board" because the final "innings" of the long bull market were still ahead.
 
And when stocks plunged in the summer and fall of 2015 – when many analysts were calling an end to the long bull market – Steve still remained bullish. As he wrote in the September 10, 2015 DailyWealth
 
This bull market in stocks is not even close to over yet. Stock prices should have much higher highs ahead, based on the weight of the evidence. Both the short-term picture and the long-term picture are just about perfect for higher highs.
Most recently, when stocks plunged again early last year – and investors were as bearish as they had been in years – he told readers not to worry because stocks were likely to move higher in 2016. As he wrote in the January 14, 2016 DailyWealth
 
We have some scary things happening right now in the financial markets. But you need to understand one thing: Fear is good…
 

You know the old saying… "Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful." (Warren Buffett said that… and Buffett is the greatest investor of all time.) Markets peak when investors are greedy – when nobody thinks you can lose money (like in real estate in 2006). And markets bottom out when fear rules – when everyone is scared.

The S&P 500 then went on to gain more than 18% through year-end.
 
The following chart puts these calls and others in perspective…
 
If you had followed Steve's FREE advice to buy stocks in 2009, and you had simply held on, you would've done incredibly well. The benchmark S&P 500 Index is up nearly 200% over that time. Folks who followed Steve's paid recommendations have done even better.
 
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Source: DailyWealth

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