Recapping the week that just ended, in a few easy bullets (with the requisite spin) and charts, from Goldman Sachs.
S&P 500 fell -1.9% this week. The Financials sector was the worst performing sector, falling - 3.5%. Consumer Discretionary was the best performing sector, falling just 80 bps. We expect S&P 500 to rise to 1300 by mid-year (+22.3%), before ending 2010 at 1250 (+17.6%).
S&P 500 earnings
Our top-down EPS forecast of $76 and $90 for 2010 and 2011 reflect +33% and +20% growth, respectively. Our pre-provision and write-down EPS forecasts are $81 for 2010 and $91 for 2011. Bottom-up consensus forecasts a 39% increase in 2010 to $79, and a 20% increase in 2011 to $95.
Top-down, the S&P 500 trades at an NTM P/E of 14.0X (13.1X on pre-provision EPS). Bottom-up, it trades at NTM P/E of 13.6X and LTM P/B of 2.2X.
Sector views and performance
Our recommended sector weightings have generated -26 bp of alpha YTD. We have lost the most ground in our overweight Info Tech position (-12 bp). We have generated the most positive alpha in our underweight positions in Telecom Services and Utilities (+5 bp).