THE "JAWS" WILL BEGIN TO CLOSE IN APRIL WITH EARNINGS GUIDANCE
MATASII RESEARCH ANALYSIS & SYNTHESIS:
Is the bond market right in anticipating a period of acute deflation and/or recession, or is it wrong and stocks, which are less than 5% below their all-time highs, correct in their optimistic outlook?
There have been two conflicting themes in the market so far in 2019:
- The first one has been the relentless selling by equity investors since the start of the new year despite the market's remarkable surge in 2019,
- Buying of fixed income securities in a scramble to lock up yield ahead of potential rate cuts and/or QE by the Fed later in 2019 or in 2020
It all really "depends from which direction the jaws close – through higher rates or via lower equity prices."
We have seen this before ...and it did not end well. It took ~ 9 months to close with the 2008 Financial Crisis.
GOLDMAN SACHS' VIEW
- Forecasts the 10-year US Treasury yield will rise to 2.8% at year-end 2019 (down from the previous forecast of 3.0%).
- The 90 bp plunge in the 10-year Treasury yield since last September (3.2%) and 30 bp drop since year-end (2.7%) has caused the yield gap to widen to 350 bp, which is considerably above the 40-year average (230 bp).
- The lower rate would be conducive to equity valuations remaining at or above the current elevated level of 16.8x, which is in the 79th percentile in absolute terms versus the past 30 years but at just the 29th percentile relative to interest rates.
- "The reduced pace of rising yields to less than 5 bp per month is encouraging for equity investors" and explaining that "historically, the S&P 500 has posted positive returns when the 10-year Treasury yield has increased by less than one standard deviation relative to the prior 36 months."
THE PRESSURE OF THE "JAWS"
- US equity markets appear to be currently pricing in only 15% chance of a typical US recession and discount only 3% decline in earnings.
- In contrast, the 85bp fall in 5-year US Treasury yields from their early November peak points to 80% chance of a US recession.
In other words, stocks are pricing in smooth sailing while bonds are now certain a recession is coming. And while historically bonds have always been right in the end, this time equities have the explicit backstop of the Fed.
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ABSTRACTED FROM: SOURCE: 03-31-19 - - "Why Goldman's Clients Are Obsessing Over "The Jaws""
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