One of my favorite analytical techniques for generating insights on global markets is studying market breadth, and those who know me know I like to take a bit of an alternative angle - and today's chart is no exception.
What makes today's chart so interesting is that (in contrast to most of the stuff out there right now) it presents a bullish take on global equities. With investor sentiment still mostly on the bearish side, particularly on the fundamentals outlook, anything with a bullish slant should be greeted with particular interest.
The chart shows the count of 52-week new highs for the main equity benchmark across the 70 countries we monitor. If you look closely, you can see a slight tick-up.
The chart comes from a recent report I wrote on the outlook for global equities. As you might imagine, I'm in the optimists camp.
Focusing in on the chart, it's a very familiar pattern we're seeing here in this market breadth indicator. I'll give you a hint - the last few times we saw something like what we're seeing now was in 2009, 2011, and 2016.
The complete disappearance and gradual reappearance of 52-week new highs has served as a reasonably reliable signal of a major market bottom. So, the punchline is this tick-up in the indicator may very well amount to "green shoots" for the outlook here as global equities teeter between bear market and bull market.
Though it's early days in what is a relatively choppy indicator, it is certainly something to keep front of mind as we progress through this complex stage of the market cycle.
This article originally appeared as a submission at See It Market
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