The Big Picture - European Equity Outlook


In May, US-China trade tensions returned to the forefront, reviving fears of a global slowdown: the NY Fed indicator has now reached 30% probability of US recession in the next 12 months. As a consequence, European equity markets have corrected over the last month, but they remain up by 10% since the start of the year.

So what to expect from now on and how should equity investors position in Europe? Societe Generale Equity Strategists have just released The Big Picture – Third Quarter European Equity Outlook in which they share their convictions on markets and some key recommendations to navigate these volatile equity markets and to take advantage of the current historically low yield environment.

European equity funds have seen outflows of almost $200bn over the last three years. This is not a capitulation but a rebalancing of global portfolios, as the weight of European equities in global equity markets is now back to an all-time low. In the view of the strategists, this trend could continue as Europe looks to be on its way to “Japanification”, which will have profitability and valuation consequences on the European equity market.

According to the views of the strategists, the European equity market is already pricing in higher PMIs and higher return on equity. Also, cyclicals are still trading at close to all-time highs relative to defensives in Europe. In other words, markets are not fully discounting the trade war risk, the political risks (Brexit, Italy), or the earnings downgrades.

In the report, the strategists set out their recommendations to reshape equity portfolios at the country, sector and thematic levels; as well advice on how to optimize the hedge against trade war risks and global cyclical concerns more generally.

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