Scarier days lie ahead for the stock market, according to Mizuho Securities.
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Such thinking “ignores the essential difference underlying the post-Covid macro environment and that which existed between 1990 and March 2020 when the Trump administration initiated the lockdown to curb the spread of the virus,” argued Steven Ricchiuto, chief U.S. economist at Mizuho, and economist Alex Pelle.
But with inflation running near a 40-year high, the Federal Reserve will keep “chasing the terminal rate that causes the labor market to crack.” That means long-term rates will be “dragged higher” to achieve a sustained pullback in U.S. living costs, but also resulting in increased risk to earnings and real growth, they said.
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The S&P 500 closed at 3,588.84 on Tuesday, booking its second lowest finish of the year, according to Dow Jones Market Data. It peaked at 4,796.56 in January.
Instead of “expecting the Fed to come to the rescue after each step lower” for stocks, Mizuho’s team sees another fall of 10% or 11% for the S&P to 3,200 “before valuations become supportive.”
With third-quarter earnings picking up later this week, the team pointed out that bottom-up analysts continue to call for a 8% to 10% increase in operating earnings in 2023.
“Marginally positive real GDP and a wage-induced margin squeeze suggest bottom-up analysts still have to take down their earnings estimates for the balance of this year and next,” they said.
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