September 2015 Market Update
The US equity market has started the recovery process from the correction which began last month. But we don’t believe stocks are off to the races, as there are still plenty of potential speed bumps along the road. Valuations have improved somewhat, although not to the point that equities should be considered cheap; monetary policy remains accommodative in the United States, and highly-stimulative in Europe, China and Japan; and the US economy continues to grow at a steady pace. But the volatility associated with interest rate uncertainty is likely to persist.
Year to date, only large growth equities are positive and only by .09%. International equity markets are all negative except for Japan with .21% increase in its market. Still, the S&P 500 is above correction territory as defined by a 10% reduction from the high. We don’t hit a bear market until a 20% reduction at 1,704. The Dow Jones Industrial Average significantly underperformed the S&P 500, losing 8.63% year to date. It’s been 283 days since it passed 18,000, a longer time than all but two other milestones over the past 20 years. Another worthy note is of the 30 names in the index only seven are positive year to date. Exxon Mobil and Chevron are among the worst performers. Nike is the best. Momentum to the upside is lacking. We believe energy has been oversold especially mid-stream MLP’s. We believe international developed markets and emerging markets can benefit from a growing US economy and a rising dollar. And, eventually, the tide will turn and small cap US equities will become attractive.
The question is can the US economy grow enough to avert continued declines in the market? We think so.
Underlying the view that the bull market is not over is the continued growth in the US economy. The manufacturing sector, as well as multi-nationals, have been hit double-barreled by China’s growth slowdown and the dollar’s strength. The manufacturing sector is only about 12% of the US economy though; with the services side representing the other 88%. Here the picture is much brighter. Associated with that strength is the improvement in housing—which is increasing its weight in the economy—and job growth.
Uncertainty surrounding the Federal Reserve continues after its punt of rate hikes at its most recent meeting. However, as the market gets more clarity on monetary policy and given a still-growing US economy, the bull market should slowly reestablish itself, albeit with bouts of volatility. Further support should come from global growth in areas that are net beneficiaries of the plunge in commodity prices.
There seems to be fewer and fewer quiet times for equity markets. Without going on a nostalgic bent, let’s just say that July used to be one of
US equities had a positive quarter that represented almost all of the gains for the year. Volatility has increased in both directions and we are
It was a down quarter / year-to-date for almost every asset class. For US equities, only growth stocks held on to their gains with large growth up
- Since 1950 there have been 59 different 10 year periods (rolling periods). The S&P 500 has produced a positive total return
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1. Returns for 10 year time horizon:
- Global Equities: 3.9% total return (due to
For at least the second January in a row, we can report a strong market, strong economy and good prospects for the new year. Unlike last January,
The second longest bull market in American history continues. In a couple months we will mark the 9th anniversary of the low point for
The US market seems to be excited about corporate tax cuts and is charging ahead. Interestingly, value stocks kept up with growth over the past
US economic growth recorded its second straight quarter of 3% GDP growth, earnings are beating estimates, interest rates and inflation are low. It
It was a great three months for equity markets. International stocks continue to shine. Emerging markets increased 7% for the quarter and are up
The US economy is still strong. Jobs are growing, unemployment is very low partially due to the historically low labor participation rate,
US sectors Financials, Healthcare and Technology continue to drive the returns for US growth stocks. Consumer stocks and energy stocks are lagging
US growth equities continue to rise for the year. US value equities are barely breaking even. The growth equities are up mid-single digits for the
Two groups have done well this year: mega caps (like members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average) and lower profitability growth companies (per
Looking back it’s been a good couple of months and quarter (Dec – Feb). US growth equities are beating their value
The consistent performance of US small cap equities and to a lesser extent value stocks (all sizes) has aligned the returns for the quarter and
The year and the quarter come to a close and if you look at the one year returns it looks very orderly but we know it wasn’t. All the US equity
GDP for the third quarter was revised up from 2.9% to 3.2%. Unemployment is below 5%. Initial jobless claims have been below 300,000 for the
Portfolios allocated across several asset classes held on to their year to date gains and in all but the most conservative case have exceeded the
Value investing continues to lead the way for US equities. Large cap growth is the laggard so far this year and this may be the first year in
August was hot outside but the equity markets were only lukewarm. The reversion to longer term performance averages continues which means value
If you could avoid the daily news and market fluctuations, it was a good quarter. It was good even if you did follow the news. It just may not
Value equities especially US continue to outperform growth equities. Large value is up 6.8% year-to-date vs. -2% for Large growth. Small value
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The consumer price index for April (released May 17th) showed a .4% increase in
US value equities have now consistently outperformed their growth brethren this
If emerging markets could speak, they might be saying, “I told you so.” MSCI Emerging Markets Index has been at the bottom or next to the bottom
Wednesday, March 16th was a big day for macroeconomic news. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) also called the headline inflation rate was
US value stocks have continued to outperform their growth counterparts this year but it is masked by the fact that all US equity asset classes are
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