Analysis: US stock gains may grow elusive as boost from inflation slowdown wanes
2023-08-10 - Scroll down for original article
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Article Analysis As an analyst, the key points from the article indicate that inflation worries are easing, which may impact U.S. stocks. The data released shows that annual inflation rose at a more moderate pace than expected in July, supporting the narrative of disinflation and resilient growth. However, with the expectation that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates again this year and fears of a U.S. recession receding, an improving inflationary picture may become less of a driver for stock prices. This may pose a challenge for stocks to continue their recent rise, especially considering high Treasury yields offering an attractive alternative and stretched equity valuations.
Market Reaction Historically, the stock market has responded to similar news events with mixed reactions. The article mentions that individual CPI reports have not had a material and lasting impact on markets for several months, indicating that the crisis period of inflation is over. However, the market's stretched valuations and the challenging calendar period for equities in August and September may limit the potential for significant stock price gains.
Investor Sentiment The sentiment of investors towards the company following the publication of the news article is uncertain. While the easing inflation worries may be seen as positive, the challenges posed by stretched valuations and the potential for limited stock price gains may lead to cautious investor sentiment. Changes in trading volume, options activity, and analyst opinions should be closely monitored to gauge investor sentiment accurately.
Competitor Comparison The article does not provide specific information about the company's competitors. However, it is essential to consider the competitive position of the company in relation to its peers. Any information that could impact the company's competitive position in the future should be taken into account when assessing the potential impact of the news article on the company's stock price.
Risk Factors The potential risks to the company's stock price include the challenges posed by stretched equity valuations, the potential for limited stock price gains, and the impact of high Treasury yields offering an attractive alternative to stocks. Additionally, the challenging calendar period for equities in August and September may further increase the risk of limited stock price growth.
Conclusion Based on the analysis, the news article suggests that the easing inflation worries may have a limited impact on the company's stock price due to stretched equity valuations and the potential for limited stock price gains. Investors should closely monitor changes in trading volume, options activity, and analyst opinions to gauge investor sentiment accurately. Additionally, the competitive position of the company and potential risks should be considered when assessing the potential effect of the news article on the company's stock price.
Disclaimer This financial report is for informational purposes only and does not constitute financial advice. Readers are advised to conduct their own research and consult with a financial professional before making any investment decisions.
The Charging Bull or Wall Street Bull is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) - As inflation worries ease, U.S. stocks may need a fresh source of fuel to propel further gains this year, investors said. Data released on Thursday showed annual inflation, which had been running at 40-year highs a year ago, rose at a more moderate pace than expected in July, supporting the so-called "Goldilocks" narrative of disinflation and resilient growth that has won over bearish investors and boosted risk assets this year. The S&P 500 (.SPX) has gained more than 16% on a year-to-date basis, though it was last trading largely flat on Thursday. But with many traders now betting the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates again this year and fears of a U.S. recession receding, an improving inflationary picture may become less of a driver for stock prices going forward. That may make it more challenging for stocks to continue their recent rise, with high Treasury yields offering an attractive alternative, equity valuations stretched and investors' stock exposure far higher than it had been at the beginning of the year. The latest CPI report "is good news. At the same time, I think that the S&P is pretty fully valued," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital. "With stocks priced where they are, they are going to need a tailwind of lower rates to keep this momentum going." Indeed, stock moves have been more constrained on the CPI release dates in 2023 compared to last year, with the S&P 500 moving at least 1% in either direction just once so far this year, compared to six times in 2022, when it was far less clear how far prices would rise and how aggressively the U.S. central bank would respond. Individual CPI reports have not had "a material and lasting impact" on markets for several months, said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. "I suspect that's because, very simply, the crisis period of inflation is over and really has been for a few months," LeBas said. Some investors also said the July CPI report, while encouraging, was not enough to take more Fed rate hikes decisively off the table. Traders of futures tied to the Fed's policy rate saw less than a 10% chance the central bank will lift that rate from the current 5.25%-5.50% range at its Sept. 19-20 policy meeting, according to CME Group's FedWatch Tool. However, another CPI report is due to be released before that meeting. The Fed's annual economic policy gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming later this month also could influence markets. The CPI report is "obviously positive for the markets," said Paul Nolte, senior wealth advisor and market strategist for Murphy & Sylvest Wealth Management. "But I think when you look at the overall picture, it still keeps the Fed engaged," he said, noting that the latest annual inflation rate of 3.2% remained above the Fed's 2% target. END OF RELIEF RALLY? Meanwhile, with the S&P 500 about 2.5% off the year-to-date high it hit last month, investors have cast a wary eye on the market's stretched valuations. The index's forward price-to-earnings ratio has risen to 19 times, well above its long-term average of 15.6 times, according to Refinitiv Datastream. That reduces the attractiveness of stocks compared to bonds, with the benchmark 10-year US Treasury note yielding more than 4.00% and six-month Treasuries offering about 5.5%. The equity risk premium, which compares the attractiveness of stocks over risk-free government bonds, has been shrinking for most of 2023 and was around its lowest levels in well over a decade this week. At the same time, stocks will have to contend with what has historically been a challenging calendar period for equities. The month of August has delivered on average the third-lowest return for the S&P 500 since 1945, with September ranking as the lowest, according to CFRA Research. Stifel equity strategist Barry Bannister is among those who expect the U.S. stock market will be hard-pressed to climb from its current levels. In a note on Wednesday, he said the S&P 500 would likely "trade sideways" in the second half of the year and end 2023 at 4,400 points, which was about 1.5% below Wednesday's closing level. "We believe the relief rally that was predicated on 'no recession in 2023' is now over," Bannister wrote. Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; additional reporting by Karen Brettell; Editing by Ira Iosebashvili and Paul Simao Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.