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The Stock Market is Overvalued, Caution is Warranted

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2014 Jul 01, 2014 - 10:44 AM GMT

By: Christopher_Quigley

Stock-Markets Back in 2001 Buffett said in an interview with Fortune Magazine that “the single best measure” of stock market valuation is by taking the total market cap (TMC) and dividing it by the total gross domestic product (GDP). Today TMC is equal to 114.5% of total GDP.
At the market top in 2007, just prior to a -54% crash in stocks, TMC was equal to 104.9%. According to Buffett’s “favorite” market timing indicator stocks are more overvalued today than in 2007.



What’s more, since the Market low in 2009 when the ratio was at 56.8% and was the first time in 15 years that stocks were truly “undervalued”, the ratio has climbed for six consecutive quarters and is now nearly two standard deviations above the mean.
However, just because a market is overvalued does not mean that a crash or even a significant correction is immediately immanent.

Given the unprecedented negative 2.9% adjustment to US first quarter GDP figures I expect this earnings season is going to be quite volatile. As usual there will be good days and bad days but overall, barring any unexpected shock, I expect the current trend to be maintained. That being said, Dow Theory is giving us some mixed signals.

The Transports are far stronger than the Industrials. There is no divergence as such but the flat-lining of the Dow 30 index is giving me cause for concern and I will be paying particular attention over the next 3 weeks for early signs of technical breakdown.
The bell-weather consumer staples ETF: XLP is also giving mixed signals. While the overall ETF is technically strong T J Max, Proctor & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Costco and Visa are showing early signs of price deterioration.

Thus, all in all, I think the July earnings season will tell us a lot regarding whether the bull is going to last. I am beginning to have my doubts. Caution is warranted.

Dow Transports: Daily

Dow Industrials: Daily

ETF: XLP: Daily

TJ Max Corp: Daily.


Proctor & Gamble Corp: Daily.

Wal-Mart Corp: Daily.

Costco Corp: Daily.


Visa Corp: Daily.

Variant Indicator Courtesy of Dshort.com and Zero Hedge.

Charts Courtesy of SharpCharts.Com.

By Christopher M. Quigley

B.Sc., M.M.I.I. Grad., M.A.
http://www.wealthbuilder.ie

Mr. Quigley was born in 1958 in Dublin, Ireland. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Management from Trinity College Dublin and is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He commenced investing in the stock market in 1989 in Belmont, California where he lived for 6 years. He has developed the Wealthbuilder investment and trading course over the last two decades as a result of research, study and experience. This system marries fundamental analysis with technical analysis and focuses on momentum, value and pension strategies.

Since 2007 Mr. Quigley has written over 80 articles which have been published on popular web   sites based in California, New York, London and Dublin.

Mr. Quigley is now lives in Dublin, Ireland and Tampa Bay, Florida.

© 2014 Copyright Christopher M. Quigley - All Rights Reserved

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