Posts tagged 'S&P 500'

Irrational exuberance, Janet Yellen and the stock market

Janet Yellen says share valuations remain within “historical norms”.

Two words: “irrational exuberance”. Read more

Two-fifths of a dotcom crash

Anyone who invested during the 2000 dotcom bubble knows that the inflation of internet stocks last year was nothing like on the scale of the last mania. But just how much smaller was it?

Well, the popping so far this year suggests it was about two-fifths the size…

2014 v dotcom crash Read more

A moderately bearish Cape crusade

OK, we’ll admit it, when it comes to long term measures of stock market valuation something might actually be different this time.

Which prompts a question: is a moderately negative case actually worse for market enthusiasm than predictions of disaster that can be dismissed out of hand? Read more

We need to talk about deflation, again [Update]

Since September 2011, the Fed has succeeded in managing inflation expectations but not inflation itself. Has anybody noticed? What happens when they do? Will QE4 be as successful at changing even inflation expectations when QE1, QE2, Operation Twist and QE3 have failed to prevent recorded inflation from now falling to 1.1%?

Russell Napier, strategist for CLSA, warns that benign inflation (s0 far as stock market investors are concerned) is very close to becoming dangerous deflation once more. (H/T to Climateer.) Read more

Stock market wags economy, or not?

This is is a guest post from Philip Pilkington, a writer and research assistant at Kingston University.

After a few days of volatility the S&P 500 rebounded on the back of better than expected jobs data last Friday. Meanwhile the Nikkei, the decline of which the previous week seems to have precipitated the shakiness in the S&P 500, started to stabilize on Monday. And so the classic question rears its head once more: do stock markets drive the economy or vice versa? Read more

Garthwaite: ‘Just buy stocks’

Worried about the Fed’s taper tactics? Maybe Abe’s poisoned third arrow?

Andrew Garthwaite’s not. The Credit Suisse equity strategist has just hiked his S&P 500 forecast to 1,730 (from 1,640). For 2014 he’s going for 1900. Yes, Garthwaite sees another 15 per cent… Read more

S&P 2,100, by Goldman Sachs

Here it is Goldman’s big call: the S&P 500 will reach 1,750 by the end of this year; 1,900 in 2014; and 2,100 in 2015.

H/T Josh Brown, who points out this isn’t about earnings but a re-rating of equities (and dividends). Read more

S&P 500 companies nearly done bringing report cards home

With the US earnings season drawing to a close, it seems a good time to examine the aggregate picture. In a note published on Monday, equity and quant strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch have done just that, for S&P 500 companies. Report card in the form of a pie chart (thank goodness this wasn’t how class results were presented at school): Read more