The Dow is -1.5% in 2014 now - at the lows of the year
It was all looking so good. NASDAQ was green for the year (so were Trannies), stocks in general were rising and everyone on TV could proclaim how well the 'market' was handling the taper. Then Dennis Lockhart spoke...
- *LOCKHART SEES `GROWING CONFIDENCE' IN 2014 OUTLOOK
- *LOCKHART SAYS U.S. ECONOMY ON `MORE SOLID' FOOTING
- *LOCKHART BACKS $10 BLN TAPER AS CONFIDENCE IN 2014 GROWS
That's great news right? Wrong? Stocks didn't like it... and NASDAQ rapidly gave up its gains... Fun-durr-mentals remain in control eh? It shouldn't be a big surprise given what Goldman Sachs warned about over the weekend
The drop actually began at around 1219ET, before Lockahrt's headlines hit Bloomberg at around 1225ET
as perhaps it was merely a coincidence that he was hawkishly positive and stocks dumped back to JPY carry levels...
Which slammed the NASDAQ off its YTD green levels...
Late last night the music may have just skipped a major beat after Goldman released a Friday evening note that is perhaps the most bearish thing to come out of Goldman's chief strategist David Kostin in over a year, (and who incidentally just repeated what we said most recently a week ago in "Stocks Are More Expensive Now Than At Their 2007 Peak
"). To wit:
S&P 500 valuation is lofty by almost any measure, both for the aggregate market (15.9x) as well as the median stock (16.8x). We believe S&P 500 trades close to fair value and the forward path will depend on profit growth rather than P/E expansion.
However, many clients argue that the P/E multiple will continue to rise in 2014 with 17x or 18x often cited, with some investors arguing for 20x.
We explore valuation using various approaches. We conclude that further P/E expansion will be difficult to achieve.
Of course, it is possible. It is just not probable based on history.
The current valuation of the S&P 500 is lofty by almost any measure, both for the aggregate market as well as the median stock
: (1) The P/E ratio; (2) the current P/E expansion cycle; (3) EV/Sales; (4) EV/EBITDA; (5) Free Cash Flow yield; (6) Price/Book as well as the ROE and P/B relationship; and compared with the levels of (6) inflation; (7) nominal 10-year Treasury yields; and (8) real interest rates. Furthermore, the cyclically-adjusted P/E ratio suggests the S&P 500 is currently 30% overvalued in terms of (9) Operating EPS and (10) about 45% overvalued using As Reported earnings
Cue David Tepper to bring out even bigger greater fools who do believe in his 20x PE multiple
"thesis." Cause if 20x works, why not 40x, or 60x, or moar?
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Kostin's full "market is now overvalued" note here