Credit Suisse analysts must have been furious Monday morning. After working all weekend on a brand new upgrade of the U.S. equity markets they needed one more day to touch up the report before issuance. Lo and behold, Government Sachs beat them to the punch with their own upgrade of U.S. equity markets on Monday morning. Poor guys because it’s one heck of a good report. Credit Suisse not only upgraded their outlook on U.S. stocks (new S&P target of 1050), but issued an excellent piece on why this bull run is unlikely to be similar to past bull markets.
They list 6 reasons to be less optimistic in the long-term and why this will almost certainly be a W shaped recession (they currently believe we are on the first V so expect a double dip down in 2010). The 6 reasons will sound awfully familiar to regular readers, but CS does a nice job of condensing them:
1) There is over $7 TRILLION in excess leverage in the system:
2) Global housing prices are still too high:
3) U.S. housing inventories could hinder home prices for another 2-3 years:
4) Global growth going forward is likely to be below trend:
1. a lower investment share of GDP tends to lead to lower investment growth;
2. the demographics are clearly deteriorating (the working age population is declining in Europe from next year and is contracting by nearly 1% pa in Japan)
3. there is more red tape / regulation.
5) Margins are likely to contract further:
1. corporate tax rates may have to rise
2. emerging markets are causing commodity prices (the input costs for developed market companies) to be structurally higher.
3. more red-tape / regulation.
6) There is no big cap bull market theme:
Each bull market typically needs a different driver. We believe that the new key themes of the new bull market are the Non-Japan Asian consumer and technology. Yet, European equities don’t have strong exposure to this theme.
With a subtitle like “From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression – and they’re about to do it again” run, don’t walk, to your nearest kiosk and buy Matt Taibbi’s latest piece in Rolling Stone magazine. One of the best comprehensive profiles of Government Sachs done to date. Speaking of GS, they sure must be busy today, now that Bernanke is about to be impeached and take the fall for all their machinations.
This morning the Dallas Fed released its Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey (TMOS) for June. The latest general business activity index increased in June after two months of decreases. The General Activity index came in at -18.3, up from -20.8 in April. Other measures of manufacturing activity reflected continued declines.
Here is an excerpt from the latest report:
Texas factory activity declined again in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production...
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Long before last weeks Brexit vote, Germany’s DAX index has been an upside and downside global stock market leader, over the past few years. Below looks at the pattern the DAX has created over the past decade.
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I have mixed feelings about Brexit today. Clearly the European institution need reforming. The addition of so many countries in the last 20 years has created a top heavy administration. The Euro adds more complexities to the equation as the ECB policies cannot fit every country's problem. On the other hand, a unified Europe has advantages as well – some countries have benefited from the integration.
For Britain, it's hard to say what the final price will be. My guess is that Scotland might now vote for independence as they supported staying in Europe overwhelmingly. Northern Ireland might be tempted to leave as well so possibly RIP UK in the long run. I was talking to some French people and they were saying that now there might be no incentive for France to stop immigrants from crossing over to the UK like they do now and simply allow for travel there and let the UK deal with them. The end game is not clear to anyone at the moment....
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