Monday, November 03, 2008

Can the Stock Market predict the next President?

3rd Party Interview with Renewable and Solar Energy Perspectives Contributor , J. Peter Lynch

November 3 ,2008

Q: Mr. Lynch. I read an article in a magazine that mentioned that the action of the stock market was a potential predictor of Presidential Elections. Considering that the election is a few days away, do you have any insight into this? Bryan W. New York
A: Bryan I am familiar with this and over the years I have read a number of books and articles talking about this very topic. As a result of your question, I did a little research and found a very interesting article in which the author back tested this thesis (from 1900 to 2004) and found that it predicted with an 89% degree of accuracy who will win the next Presidential election.
It appears that there is a strong correlation (89%) between the stock market’s performance in the two months immediately preceding the election and who will win the Presidency.
Basically if the Dow Jones Industrial Average LOSES ground in the two months prior to the election the incumbent party will lose the election.
If the Down Jones Industrial Average GAINS ground in the two months prior to the election the incumbent party will win the election.
What does this mean in terms of numbers and levels for the current Presidential Election?
If the Down Jones closes ABOVE 11,188.23 at the close on November 4th – McCain will be the next President.
If the Down Jones closes BELOW 11,188.23 at the close on November 4th – Obama will be the next President.
The Dow Jones closed at 9325.01 on Friday 10-31-2008
As a result, given that the Dow Jones would have to add 1,863.22 points, or 19.98%% over the next TWO (2) trading days it appears that the next President of the United States will be Senator Barrack Obama with an 89% degree of certainty based upon this historical correlation.
If this correlation holds true it is certainly a very positive development for the solar industry.
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J. PETER LYNCH has worked, for 30 years as a Wall Street analyst, an independent equity analyst and a private investor in small emerging technology companies. He has been actively involved in following developments in the renewable energy sector since 1977 and is considered to be an expert in this area. He can be reached via e-mail at
Mr. Lynch notes – “For those of you that are interested the source of this information was - Investech Research Newsletter, ( which I HIGHLY recommend for those of you with a serious interest in the stock market as a whole. It is one of the very best newsletters I have ever come across in my years as an investor.”

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