Although stocks continue to gain on hopes of a vaccine, the worries are mounting as many high-frequency economic data points are showing weakness. This week, the LPL strategists discuss this, the battle over growth versus value, and the upcoming earnings season.
The economy isn’t as strong as it appears
Last week we saw huge gains in retail sales and industrial production, suggesting the economy is humming right along. Yet, as the LPL strategists note, some of the more real-time economic data—like consumer confidence, electricity use, travel, and restaurant reservations—are showing weakness. Overall, this is what we expected: The second half of 2020 won’t deliver a huge V-shaped recovery, but instead more of a square root- or swoosh-shaped recovery. This means the initial surge off the March lows will be the easy part—the final parts of the economy’s growth will be much more difficult.
Time for value?
Value-style stocks had a historic week versus growth style last week, as many former high-fliers were grounded; yet, areas like industrials, materials, and healthcare all did great. The LPL strategists remain comfortable with a slight growth tilt, but they agree that value does have some appealing aspects to it if the economic recovery surprises to the upside. But at this time, in a low-growth and low-rates world, favoring growth remains our suggestion.
The trough for earnings
Second quarter earnings may hit a trough, with expectations for S&P 500 Index earnings to be down nearly 45% year-over-year, according to FactSet. However, consensus estimates over the past six weeks have been flat, and the LPL strategists think this suggests recent earnings have held firm. It will be an ugly quarter, but the bar is set so low, we expect earnings to comfortably beat the historically poor estimates.
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