The stock market just hit a record high and history suggests it's headed even higher
- The stock market's new closing peak may signal further gains over the next 12 months, according to a new research report.
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The stock market is set to go even higher if history is a guide, according to Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist for LPL Financial.
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18 such periods were recorded, beginning in 1954. The 12-month returns following the new high averaged 12.9% with 17 of the 18 periods recording a positive return. The lone losing period occurred during the Great Financial Crisis, where the May 2007 market peak, produced after the Bear Stearns "bailout," fell by 8.7% over the next year.Returns were also broadly positive over three and six month periods following the new highs, though losses over these periods were significantly more frequent.
"It has been a long time since the S&P 500 scored a new high, yet this could actually hint at future gains," Detrick said. "The waiting game for record highs may be tough, but it has proven the durability of this bull market based on sound fundamentals."Stocks have rebounded sharply from the volatile fourth quarter, driven by the Fed's sudden pause of its rate-raising policy. While the new high was achieved within seven months, LPL's report notes that investors have typically had to wait much longer for new highs in these scenarios."Historically, when US stocks have gone six months without a record, investors have had to contend with a significantly longer waiting period (and more market volatility). The benchmark has taken an average of 25 months to post new highs in times it hasn't hit a record within six months," Detrick said.
While market volatility can always make a return, LPL Financial forecasts that the S&P 500 could achieve their fair value target of 3,000, 2% above current trading. If the S&P 500 performs in-line with the median return of 12.9%, the index would sit at 3,311 12 months from now.
The S&P 500 is up 16% year to date.
LPL Research, Bloomberg
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