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Fireside Charts: Hours of Work Necessary to Buy S&P 500, an Update on the U.S. Dollar, the Losing Streak Continues for Global PMI

By:BCM Investment Team | Date:May06, 2019 | Category: Equity, Economics, Market Highlights, Fireside Charts

How many hours of work are needed to buy the S&P 500? As of the most recent data, 126.37 hours at 23.31/hr is needed. What about compared to the amount of working hours to buy gold, or buy a barrel of oil? Next, the dollar continues to crush its growing trend. Corporate guidance is still worsening as U.S. CEOs have skeptical outlooks despite near-record earnings. This skepticism will not let up if U.S.-China trade fears still exist. Finally, this has been the longest losing streak for the global PMI.


1. Forget P/E ratios and all the other industry measures... How expensive is the market to the average worker?


5.6 chart 1

Source: Thechartstore.com, as of 5/6/19



2. ...Versus gold...


5.6 chart 2

 Source: Thechartstore.com, as of 5/6/19



3. Versus oil...

5.6 chart 3

 Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 5/1/19



4. The USD keeps grinding higher...


5.6 chart 4

Source: Thechartstore.com, as of 5/6/19



5. How healthy is the U.S. manufacturing sector?


5.6 chart 5

 Source: Institute for Supply Management, as of 5/6/19



6. Suddenly the trade deal with China is in serious doubt with more tariffs threatened against China. The markets typically abhor uncertainty...

5.6 chart 6
Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 5/1/19



7. Certainly any new tariffs will not help...

5.6 chart 7

Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 5/1/19


2019 has seen the longest losing streak for Global PMI (business activity). On Friday, we shared a chart on we are currently experiencing the worst decline in trade volumes since the 2008-2009 recession. If you missed our Friday post, be sure to check it out to be fully informed going into a new week.


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