Published May 13th 2022

Daily Brief - The right P/E for S&P 500

TLDR

S&P 500 is closer to historical ‘fair’ value at 14x P/E. Compare with the current 17x and you get the sense that it’s early to call for value.

See further down for our Thursday market checklist.

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Data you must watch

In volatile markets, you want to keep an eye on positioning and valuations.

Let’s start with the latter: the P/E of SPX is tightly linked to the yield of bonds, especially as we shift gears into the hiking cycle. With rates going up by 50bp each Fed meeting, expect the P/E to keep grinding lower as money shifts into bonds.

In terms of positioning, we keep seeing attempts to play the rebound. We watch for the market to offer us a nice “short” reading to call to an end of the selloff.

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In conclusion?

It’s early to call for value in SPX but don’t forget fundamentals: economic growth is strong and earnings are rising.

Show me the data

Here are the links to all the data points discussed above:

Daily Brief - The right P/E for S&P 500

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