If the first half of the year was like a hurricane in the markets, the second half will be like entering the back end of the storm.
The first six months of 2022 were like the first half of a hurricane when a sharp revaluation of stocks knocked the market down 18%.
We entered the eye of the storm with the market rallying 8% from its June low. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that when we exit the eye, we’ll likely be headed for the back half of the storm. That means more volatility ahead.
Let me explain…
The second quarter earnings season began last Thursday. Over the next six weeks, thousands of companies will report how they fared between April and June 2022.
We expect this earnings season to trigger another storm in the market.
Many companies will use this period to lower earnings forecasts for the next 12 months. In other words, companies expect lower revenues and profits this year.
Despite the massive sell-off we’ve seen this year, the average S&P 500 forecasted earnings per share (EPS) has remained about the same – hovering around a blended average of $220 per company.
That alone has caused a sharp drop in the forward price-to-earnings multiple of the index – from 22.7 at the start of the year to its current level of 17.
[You calculate the forward price-to-earnings multiple by dividing a stock’s current share price by its forecasted earnings per share. This tells us how much investors are willing to pay for a share of a company’s future earnings. So a drop in forward P/E means decreased expectations in regard to future earnings.]
The following chart shows the separation between the S&P 500’s valuation and its forecasted EPS. Even though valuations have dropped, forecasted EPS has largely stayed the same.
Here’s why that’s important…
We’re Entering the Back Half of the Hurricane
We’re already in bear market territory. Yet the market hasn’t priced in lower earnings guidance yet. That suggests stocks have another leg to drop before they bottom out.
In June, 93 companies lowered their forward 12-month earnings forecast… Only 73 companies revised earnings higher.
56% of earnings revisions were to the downside last month… That’s the highest rate since June 2020, when the pandemic caused earnings forecasts to collapse.
This is only the beginning. As inflation continues to soar and consumer spending decreases, the number of negative earnings revisions will continue to rise. That creates even more volatility…
So, what does that mean for your investment strategy in the near term?
Here’s what Daily editor Teeka Tiwari said recently:
I expect this to be a very weak earnings season.
And, you know, when friends and family ask me what they should be doing at a time like this, I say just raise cash and be patient, better prices will come.
However, if you’re sophisticated enough to sell cash covered puts, that’s the right track to take at this time. It’s my favorite method to raise cash and get the opportunity to buy dividend paying blue-chip stocks for really cheap valuations.
I think those are the stocks that can best handle the inflation we’re seeing today.
We’re not alone in our expectations.
According to a study by Absolute Strategy Research, only 37% of money managers expect earnings to be higher a year from now. That’s the lowest reading since late 2015. (These money managers collectively oversee $5.2 trillion in assets.)
There are several reasons why we’re forecasting a rough earnings season:
Reduced Spending. We’re seeing people dial back their spending. In May, inflation-adjusted consumer spending decreased by 0.4% from April. We expect that to continue, which will likely lower company revenues.
Stronger U.S. dollar. In Q2, the dollar rose by 6.7% versus other currencies. Nearly 40% of the average earnings of S&P 500 companies come from abroad. When the dollar gets stronger, U.S. exports become more expensive. That hurts the bottom line for exporters like Exxon Mobil, Tesla, and Procter & Gamble.
Rising Expenses. Rising commodity and labor costs are also impacting company revenues. Plus, rising bond yields mean higher interest payments on new debt. This all eats into profits.
If EPS forecasts drop, share prices will also have to fall to maintain the same forward P/E multiple they currently sport.
According to investment bank Evercore, earnings during recessions have historically dropped about 15% on average. Should we see that play out now, that would drop the S&P 500’s forecasted EPS down to $194.
If the S&P 500 remains at the same valuation as it currently trades at, 17x forward P/E, that implies another 15% lower for the market.
So with that in mind, the next question is: Where can we find a meaningful return in today’s market and beat the S&P 500’s measly 9.5% annual average?
The answer might surprise you…
You Can Still Come Out on Top
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Put another way, it would take you between 17 and 22 years to achieve those returns using the S&P 500’s 9.5% annual average… but our subscribers saw them in a matter of months.
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Analyst, Palm Beach Daily