Many investors and the financial media tend to get bogged down by volatility and “noise” in economic data releases. We prefer to look at a handful of big-picture indicators that have stood the test of time. And these indicators point to continued strength in the economy.
Demand for economic growth from both politicians and the electorate is growing, leading to increasing talk and some planning for major infrastructure projects. The move here is to focus more on the companies likely to benefit than a macro story that lifts the entire area.
European equities stand to benefit from a number of tailwinds in 2016. We highlight two stocks that should outperform and two exchange-traded funds that offer exposure to this upside while hedging out adverse currency effects.
European equities have delivered impressive total returns this year on a constant-currency basis, but currency headwinds have eroded these gains for US investors. We take profits on previous picks, update our outlook for the EU economy and highlight some new favorites.
With the European Central Bank planning to start buying bonds and asset-backed securities, cyclical stocks represent the best bet for value-oriented investors seeking exposure to the Continent’s comeback story.
After last year’s rally, European equities trade at elevated valuations; a strengthening EU economy and meaningful earnings growth will be the key to further appreciation. We take profits on a number of names we highlighted last fall and highlight our top three European stocks for the coming year.
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