Sentimental Journey
Comment of the Day

February 14 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Sentimental Journey

Thanks to Iain Little for this edition of his Global Thematic Investors’ Diary. Here is a section: 

Where next? The best comment, as it also applies to us, comes from one of our managers, Terry Smith: “Our companies should demonstrate a relatively resilient fundamental performance in such circumstances, and the only type of market which ends in a recession is a bear market.”

We are reminded by another market veteran we’ve followed for 40 years, Ed Yardeni, that the FAANGS, the mega tech US stocks which led the 2014 to 2021 bull market, still inflate the PER market rating. Without the FAANGS, the forward market multiple is only 16.7x, making it barely 2 points higher than the long-term average. Bearish commentators claim that earnings are about to take a hit, raising the PER, and rate rises are still in store. (Remember that 2 main factors influence share prices: the valuation of earnings, influenced largely by interest rates, and the earnings themselves). There may indeed be something to the bears’ claim.

Eoin Treacy's view

Here is a link to the full report. 

Some of the biggest movers in the US market since the beginning of January have been the eight mega-cap household names stocks. Tesla and Nvidia rebounded impressively while Alphabet has been a clear laggard and all largely because of enthusiasm about the promise of AI. 

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