Is consensus getting too optimistic about the potential of earnings upside in Europe ? That’s what Deutsche Bank’s strategist believe. In a note dated April 28, they currently expect Lire la suite
They raise the bar and expect more to come. That’s what Merrill Lynch’s strategists just did. Lire la suite
Maybe both actually… Lire la suite
To those who fear market have already priced in a lot of good news, especially on the « Trump » effect on the macro backdrop, and that maybe the « Value » trade is now overcrowded and associated sector rotation (from defensive names to more cyclical ones) is overdone, Morgan Stanley’s equity strategy team, lead by Graham Secker, has some good news. Actually 6… Lire la suite
The European consumer staples sector has been characterized by slowing organic growth number, due to volume softness and pricing pressure, which has in turn contributed to its valuation de-rating, on top of sector rotation triggered since July 2016 by the rise in bond yields. What will be the drivers of earnings going forward ? Lire la suite
Question: how long will this hold ?
Global and regional macro backdrop is improving, investor sentiment is getting more bullish, EPS have turned the corner and are now on a more positive trend… No surprise European equities finished 2016 in a pretty better shape than they started it. Is the rally going to continue in 2017 ? Well, the mood is there and some brokers have decided to add some fuel to it.
This morning, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch raised their SXXP y/e target to respectively 375 (from 345) and 390 (7% upside). Drivers for upside: accelerating growth, higher earnings revisions and EPS growth (11% for 2017e vs 7-8% previously at Merrill), forward P/E of 15x (stable from current level).
« Value, Banks and Autos EPS are the most leveraged here »… Lire la suite
UBS’s Europe strategists stick to their Stoxx 600 340 points target by year-end and provide a useful table of the underlying fundamentals/valuation factors. The following table illustrates where market would be if you change either 2017 EPS earnings growth and 12month forward P/E ratio. Bottom line: if you are cautious right now, don’t touch European equities.
Interesting comments from Barclays’ equity research team…
A clever question raised by strategist at Nomura, and here are the summary of their answers… Enjoy
From GS’s latest GOAL publication:
« Much of the reason that equities appear cheap versus bonds therefore is simply a reflection of how much bond yields have fallen. Most measures of the ERP will use some kind of long-run historical average measure of profit growth and extrapolate into the future. »
Current levels of ERP assumes that earnings growth of the past 20 years will go one forever. But that’s a hard case to make. In fact, as GS’s strategists put it:
« Here lies the great dilemma for investors: on the one hand, current bond yields imply that valuations can continue to rise for financial assets (as they have already done over recent years), but, on the other hand, to justify current risk free rates into the future, we should assume lower long-term growth (consistent with ‘secular stagnation’).This should cap the level of valuations close to current levels.This is why we argue that while the Long Good Buy for equities still holds – they should do well relative to bonds over the medium term – the market trajectory is likely to be flatter than experienced through 2009 to 2016. »
Courtesy of Goldman Sachs who reviewed the performance of UK and European stocks after the Brexit vote… We focus specifically on European stocks although GS’s strategists recommend to be cautious on UK stocks even after the volatility in FTSE 100 & 250.
That’s a severe correction (knowing it started way before the UK referendum). But Goldman’s analyst add some interesting comments:
» Whilst EUR funding is exhibiting no sign of strains, funding pressures are gradually building in USD (USD/EUR and USD/GBP cross-currency basis) and GBP funding indicators. This said, they remain at levels that are a fraction of previous crises (2009 and 2012) peaks. We maintain that funding shocks are unlikely, given generous central bank backstops – these were sufficient to contain the aftermath of both the Lehman and European sovereign crises. »
European banks are probably stay in such a comatose stage for some time, as long as there are no sign of steepening yield curve or a better macro environment. On top of that, due to there high beta, banks are considered a good play to short the market when everything goes wrong. So be careful if you decide to pick one.
And the answer from Barclays:
« While valuations are certainly not pricing in a full-blown global recession, we are not far away from pricing a 2012-style moderate recession. If such a scenario were to fully materialise, the fundamental floor appears to us to be a STOXX 600 level of 300 (c. 10% below today’s levels). However, if a more benign economic scenario were to occur, as per our economic team’s forecasts, we expect valuations to eventually revert higher. Till further evidence of this materializes, in the near-term, we expect markets to remain volatile and follow economic and political developments. »
Source: Morgan Stanley
Interestingly, one week after the event, systemic risk doesn’t seem to be an issue…
Source: Morgan Stanley
Views per asset classes:
- Equities: stay defensive (global earnings have been falling, and valuation are relatively fair)
- Currencies: USD bull market is not over…
- Rates: lower for longer
- Credit: best option for carry
From GOAL report dated June 26:
« Brexit has driven a sharp drawdown in equities
The UK vote to ‘leave’ the EU has triggered a sharp drawdown in European and global equities. We have long argued that equities are stuck in a ‘Fat & Flat’ range given both elevated valuations and a lack of growth. The impact of Brexit on confidence and the ERP, as well as on European growth, increases the risk that we move downward in this trading range. We have highlighted risks of a correction in our recent GOAL – Global Strategy Paper No. 19 and strategies to mitigate this risk. A key concern remains the lack of diversification or availability of ‘hedges’ for equities as most safe assets, in particular bonds, remain expensive alongside equities.
Potential for further weakness & volatility in global equities We think equities will remain volatile and stay defensively positioned in our asset allocation (neutral equities over 3- and 12 -months, overweight cash over 3 months). While we think investors have been lightly positioned into the drawdown, we feel that due to policy uncertainty and lack of growth, risk appetite might remain low in the near term. However, a combination of further declines in valuations and positive growth/policy surprises are needed to stabilise equities within their ‘Fat & Flat’ range.
Lowdown on the drawdown
Comparing the current EURO STOXX 50 drawdown to history indicates that it might continue (most drawdowns have lasted more than a month), valuations might have to drop further and bonds have been less good hedges for equities. Gold and Yen performed best as ‘risk off’ hedges. »
Unfortunatelly or fortunatelly the reporter who asks questions is completely in line with European commission’s dogmatic views. For a newspaper that claims to bring indepth analysis of economy and society, it’s a shame when one of his journalist only has cliches question to throw away.
Well, the markets are heading into panic mode, again. Brace yourself ! Lots of opportunities will probably arise, but wait a little, that dust settles down before chasing quality stocks at discounted prices, because right now, the market is still expensive and most quality stocks trade at a premium…
Courtesy of Exane BNP Paribas’economist team, the Grexit case in a nutshell, actually 2 charts that might help clarify some points. According the Exane, Grexit now has a 40% chance to materialize.
About the timeline for the coming summer…
And here are the scenarios in the event of Grexit:
Obviously, investors should think about ways to protect their portfolios, but they shoudl also raise cash and be prepared to seize investment opportunities.
Well, another broker, another view on how investors in Europe currently assess the financial markets right now… from Morgan Stanley, here are the summary of their « Investment Seminar »…
For now on, « deflationary fears have receded », claims Goldman’s strategists. So far so good for European equities which shot up more than 13% YTD and still have steam to run up further, according to the bank.
Barclays’ equity research theme has published a note about the 3 questions investors may ask about ECB QE and its impact on market.
Here’s the summary:
For those investors who did not have time to read all Morgan Stanley’s reports about ECB QE and its impact on asset classes, here’s the summary of the summary.
From Suki Mann, FI strategist at UBS (bold statements from us):
« Corporate bond market capitulation: Is it coming?
We believe that if the ECB announces any kind of corporate bond buying this week, investors could well embark on a fairly aggressive grabfest ahead of the actual commencement of the programme.
Already bereft of supply, decent yield, spreads unchanged into the macro-headwinds; and, plenty of pent-up demand for paper as cash keeps rolling-in to the asset class, we think that the actual announcement could see a lurch tighter in spreads. That is, QE is not in the current price. Some think it is, we don’t.
How much can spreads tighten? The answer ultimately depends on the modalities of the program (size, duration, mix). »
From Srikanth Sankaran & Shrina B. Poojara at Morgan Stanley fixed income research team:
« We maintain a constructive bias on credit heading into Thursday’s ECB meeting. Despite the outperformance of European credit in recent months, we do not think that QE upside is fully priced in. A 20-25bp compression in IG spreads is likely, should the ECB deliver.
Sovereign QE is now our economists’ base case: Our economists’ base case now is €500 billion of government bond purchases and €100 billion of private sector asset purchases. In terms of timing, the complexity of designing a sovereign QE programme makes January 22 an ambitious start day. Announcement in January and execution in March is more realistic, they think. »
Here’s the summary of their views:
Say Morgan Stanley’s European equity strategists:
« We believe the fall in the oil price is set to translate into a significant boost for European corporate earnings. Energy accounts for around 10% of European earnings – and historical precedent suggest a 50% drop in the oil price should lead to a 25% fall in energy EPS. Earnings for chemicals, utilities and mining, which together account for a further 10% of European earnings, should also experience a net negative impact from lower oil prices. However, the remaining 80% of European corporate earnings should see a net boost of around 13% on our estimates, as lower material costs lead to higher gross margins. In aggregate, we estimate that even on conservative assumptions a 50% drop in the oil price should translate into a net boost of around 7% to European market-level EPS. »
This might look simplistic, but when you look for cheap equities around the world, Europe is not alone. Asia Pacific and even Japanese equities look interesting. Of course, currencies make equity investing a little bit more tricky when you look globally.
The problem with European equities is twofold: first, the debt crisis is far from over (public deficits and debts are astronomically high, economic and earnings growth are subpar and deflation is here); second, all hopes rely on the decision of the ECB to start buying government debt, which from a cautious investor standpoint is worrysome, all the most in a region where economic and political governance is inefficient.
Thanks to Deutsche Bank, this single page sums up the consensus view on equity markets around the world: what are the expectations for 2014 -> 2016, what were the revision rates by region/market/sector.
That’s the « world » (European equity market as represented by the Stoxx Europe 600 index actually) on Oct 15, 2014 and on Nov 21, 2014…
On Nov 21st (yesterday):
As a reminder, volatility on Euro Stoxx 50 (much narrower index) was 28.76 on October 15 (it peaked for the year at 31.52 on the 16th of October). Now it’s 18.91.
In summary, the European stock market has gained 10.8% in a little bit more than a month, while volatility has declined by 34%.
Good reminder of Buffett’s favorite quote from Ben’s Graham: « Be fearful when everyone else is greedy; be greedy when everyone else is fearful ». Works all the time !
From report dated Nov 20, 2014:
« The latest US Treasury TIC data shows record outflows from European equities in September at USD27.4bn. The recent data have been volatile but generally very weak, with 3-month average net outflows of USD13bn per month. That pace of outflow by US investors is larger in absolute terms than that seen in the financial crisis period in late 2008 and into 2009. »
While some investors expected this would calm down, apparently that’s not really the case… Lire la suite
On the back of slightly better global growth in 2015 and most importantly accommodative monetary policies, risk assets should prevail next year, says Barclays in its freshly published outlook. Attached is the summary per asset class, and some key introductory remarks to this 168 page document distributed to investors and clients. Enjoy!
Well, this question is far from new. Actually it was raised soon after the first tention in EZ sovereign bond market in 2010. As already mentioned on this blog, the theme of a balance sheet recession is rooted deep down the EZ economy. Unfortunatelly, the public and governments don’t seem to properly grasp the issu. But some people do, especially in Japan… Lire la suite
The summary of the report follows, but big picture: moderate earnings growth and European equity performance expected in 2015 (+7-8%)… For once, consensus is no longer in a double-digit mood as was late 2013…
From Andrew Garthwaite and team at Credit Suisse (bold statements from the strategist):
« We put a 10-20% chance on Japanese-style deflation in Europe: We believe deflation is not falling CPI, but falling wages and falling property prices. Lire la suite
From Bank of America Merrill Lynch (report date Nov 7)…
Here’s a focus on European equity market (through the Stoxx Europe 600 universe):
Les lecteurs assidus de ce blog connaissent Richard Koo – brillant économiste de Nomura qui a décrit les tenants et aboutissants de la crise financière actuelle en la comparant à l’expérience japonaise. Il était la semaine dernière invité d’un symposium organisé par AXA Investment Managers. Voici la vidéo de son discours. La présentation est accessible ici.
Morgan Stanley recommande d’attendre la fin du 2ème trimestre pour accroître le niveau de risque des portefeuilles, en s’exposant plus sensiblement aux actions (secteurs à béta élevé, actions US exposées à la croissance mondiale et actions émergentes notamment). Lire la suite
Mauvaise nouvelle pour le secteur des utilities. Le parlement européen a refusé hier une proposition de la Commission européenne réduire la situation de suroffre sur le marché des permis à émettre du dioxyde de carbone, provoquant une chute du cours des crédits carbone. Lire la suite
Avant d’entrer dans la publication des résultats du premier trimestre 2013 (déjà débutée aux Etats-Unis la semaine dernière), Citi nous propose une piqûre de rappel de 2012 en Europe. Lire la suite
[cleeng_content id= »742030898″ description= »Plus d\’analyses et de commentaires à découvrir… » price= »0.19″ t= »article » referral= »0.05″]Les économistes d’Exane BNP Paribas publient une note intéressante ce matin sur les effets de la politique de baisse du yen engagée par la Banque du Japon: l’expansion du bilan de la Banque du Japon a été efficace sur la parité du yen (-20% face à l’euro depuis le début de l’année – nota: cela explique aussi pourquoi certains pays européens, dont la France, peuvent emprunter à des taux si bas). Mais cela ne résoudra sans doute pas les problèmes de compétitivité sur le long terme (ces derniers relèvent plus de la qualité, de l’innovation et des savoir-faire, brefs de facteurs hors-coûts qui sont cruciaux pour permettre à une économie d’exporter davantage). Lire la suite
Un discours de prudence de rigueur après la hausse des marchés actions depuis un an ? Citi, qui a fait part d’une vision plutôt optimiste pour les actions européennes hier, a publié aujourd’hui son outlook pour le deuxième trimestre. Le graphique suivant a retenu notre attention… Lire la suite
L’épisode chypriote a créé beaucoup de confusion dans l’esprit des investisseurs et du grand public, la faute en partie à de sérieux dysfonctionnements de la gouvernance européenne (et de la cacophonie habituelle en termes de communication). De fait, les dépôts bancaires ne sont pas tous égaux devant le droit. Lire la suite
Alors qu’aux Etats-Unis, Wall Street a battu la semaine dernière ses records de cotation d’avant la crise, il faudra vraisemblablement attendre septembre 2018 pour que cela arrive dans la zone euro… et encore faudra-t-il que la Bourse monte de 10% par an pour y parvenir… Lire la suite
Après un mouvement de baisse les prévisions de croissance de l’économie mondiale vont se stabiliser, offrant un environnement toujours favorable à l’investissement en actions, estiment les stratégistes de Deutsche Bank. L’indice Stoxx 600 pourrait, dans ces conditions, atteindre 315 points d’ici la fin de l’année (contre 294 points actuellement). Lire la suite
Citi a publié les résultats de sa dernière enquête auprès des investisseurs: la crise de la zone euro et les décisions politiques européennes sont les principaux facteurs de risque identifiés. Mais pour la majorité des gérants interrogés, les actions européennes et UK devraient afficher des performances supérieures à 5% d’ici la fin de l’année (30% voient un rebond de 10% et +). Lire la suite
Deutsche Bank a observé moins de dégradation de prévisions de résultats pour les sociétés cotées en Europe au cours du mois écoulé (mi-février à mi-mars), avec une baisse de 0,8% des prévisions contre -1,5% au cours du mois précédent. La situation en Europe est toujours le reflet d’une dégradation de la conjoncture. Aux Etats-Unis, on n’a pas observé de détérioration des anticipations, expliquant l’écart de performance entre les deux régions.
L’année économique 2013 sera caractérisée par deux choses selon les économistes de Morgan Stanley: une reprise de l’activité globale vers un rythme de 4% au cours du second semestre, et la poursuite, voire l’intensification des politiques de soutien à l’activité de la part des banques centrales (aux Etats-Unis, le taux de chômage évoluera de manière irrégulière et ne tombera pas rapidement sous la barre des 7%). Lire la suite