Although the S&P 500 appears overdue for a pullback of at least 5 to 10 percent, we remain bullish on select financial stocks and would regard any correction as an opportunity to accumulate our favorites.
Investor talk has turned against the Trump Trade, and for all the wrong reasons. While a market correction is due, look to the sectors that did well during the post-election period to perform well–making pullbacks an opportunity to buy.
Incoming data reinforce our take that the US economy has strengthened. But technical warning signs and policy concerns mean investors who invest in specific stocks and not the broader market have a better chance of outperforming.
Results from the recent Dutch elections removed one engine of political uncertainty in the eurozone. Will this year's remaining European electoral calendar echo this outcome and release an economy ready to accelerate?
The implications of the US economy moving into a period of stronger growth, faster inflation and rising rates shouldn’t be overlooked. And neither should the newest addition to the portfolio, an addition whose business goes from headwind to tailwind in this new environment.
The Federal Reserve has contended with deflationary pressures and a slower rate of potential economic growth, challenges that have made it difficult to hike interest rates. Higher inflation and stronger GDP growth should enable the US central bank to hike interest rates without damaging the economy or triggering a selloff in the stock market. The prospect of accelerating economic growth, higher interest rates and reduce regulation should give financial stocks a boost.
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