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07 November 2013

How would stock prices have behaved during the summer and fall of 2013 if the stock market didn't have such large noise events to contend with during that period of time?

Normally, we concern ourselves with the alternate futures where stock prices are concerned, but today, we're looking in the rear-view mirror because that's the natural question that arises from a casual throwaway line in our 4 November 2013 review of the previous week's S&P 500's performance.

So to answer that question, we thought we might visualize just what that alternative past would have looked like! Our results are presented in the chart below:

What Stock Prices Might Have Been, 1 May 2013 through 1 November 2013

Here, we've taken our dividend futures data for 2014-Q1, which would appear to be where investors have collectively focused their forward-looking attention since early May 2013, and used it with our math linking dividends and stock prices to see what stock prices would have been if investors had not been distracted by those huge noise events.

Now, that doesn't mean that there wouldn't have been any noise at all in the stock market. With so many trading transactions and minor news events each day, stock prices would still bounce around their target level quite a bit. In the chart above, we've shown that "typical" level of noise as being within a plus-or-minus 3% range of our 2014-Q1 dividend futures target level for the S&P 500's index value.

The really odd thing is that stock prices have largely gotten to where they would otherwise have been despite the negative effect of all these big noise events - and that's what we mean when we say that all noise events end - it's only ever a question of when.

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