Taking last Friday's US large cap market close and using current and projected next twelve month's earnings, the justification for a well above average P/E ratio rests on no negative impacts to the key inputs of earnings, growth of earnings, and an appropriate discount rate. If, however, an exogenous event were to occur with the global economy limping along at just above stall speed, what are the odds that such an impact were to occur - specifically to earnings and its growth rate? And, therefore, shouldn't such a risk give one pause to the justification of an above average valuation level for equities?
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Tomorrow's appearance on Bloomberg radio will cover my recent travels and events (8 events over a 6 week span) plus the key dynamic impacting the global economy and markets: an excess supply of just about everything and an insufficient demand to meet that supply.
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Posted by Vinny Catalano, CFA at 4:07 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The first price point for the S&P 500 is 1867, its closing low reached on August 25. This number is significant primarily in the minds of the more bullish among us: a stock market correction (10 to 20%) is all that the markets are going through AND a nice and neat test at or around that 1860 level would be healthy. Cleanse the system of those who dare to question the wisdom of traditional equity analysis and all will be well. From that level one could - and I would argue should - assume a bounce back rally will ensue, thereby buttressing the bull market correction belief.
The second, and far more significant, price level for the S&P 500 is 1704, for at that price point the S&P 500 will have experienced a 20% decline, which puts it in the wheelhouse of an "official" bear market. This number matters more - and subscribers to this newsletter learned in this week's report - because at that price point the probabilities jump nearly fivefold (from 15% to 73%) that a US recession will occur sometime in the near future.
Hard to believe? Certainly, considering the GDP numbers of last week and the Fed's strong view that rates must rise - not just for this year but well into next and the year after (a fact also provided in this week's report).
In next week's report, I will elaborate on the prudent investment strategy adopted thus far. Until then, the above price points will provide some guidance on what seems like the hard-to-comprehend stock market action of late. It's really not all that hard. And not that incomprehensible - if you know where and what to look for.
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Posted by Vinny Catalano, CFA at 4:04 PM
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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How nice! "Yahoo! Finance" picked up my Tuesday Wall Street Journal "News Hub" appearance.
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The question is, "Is anyone listening?"
Posted by Vinny Catalano, CFA at 9:28 AM
Monday, July 28, 2014
If the global economy were to turned down due to some unforeseen exogenous event, what could possibly be the governmental response given the fact interest rates are at 0%, central banks balance sheets are at unprecedented levels, and there is no political will for fiscal debt? In light of the fact that stocks are at valuation levels that leave little to no room for error, shouldn't a prudent investor feel some degree of concern?
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Posted by Vinny Catalano, CFA at 11:42 PM