A massive sell-off provides ground for buying
13 October 2014 Guest post by Jay Hawk at Orbex.
Last week’s sharp fall of the US stock market forces us to review our forecast regarding further market development, at least in the short term. If previously we were well anticipating a surge up to 2060-2070 points in S&P500 through October and November, then now, considering some changes in fundamentals as well as a heavy drop of 3% in the index prices, we expect to see US stock index consolidating in the 1900-1950 point range.
There definitely were reasons for a stock market decline; however, we cannot say these could lead to a lingering and more significant drop. The main argument for the sell-off was the news by IMF cutting its forecast for the world economy growth rate from 4% to 3.8% due to eurozone’s economic problems as well as fiscal risks in emerging economies. The general situation with risk appetite has been spoilt by the publication of discouraging macroeconomic news from China and Eurozone (including weak export data from Germany – export volume has dropped by 5.8%, the worst figure since January 2009) and the decision by Standard & Poor’s credit agency to cut Finland’s sovereign credit rating due to weak economc growth prospects. On the other hand, coming back to the US economy, we don’t see any significant changes in this regard. Current US Fed’s monetary policy, according to the Fed meeting minutes earlier this week, still does not presume aggressive rate hike – rate hike expectations have now moved to 2nd half of 2015 from the end of the first quarter 2015. Furthermore, we expect the upcoming US earnings season to confirm a stable growth of the US economy. Finally, as for US macroeconomic data, there is no cause for concern (jobs data, in particular, suggest significant improvement in the labour market). Summing all up, curent monetary policy expectations, start of the earning season as well as strong macroeconomic data – all these factors are in support of S&P500.