Charting our Focus

 S&P 500 concentration is at its highest level in over 30 years

Data from 01/01/90 to 9/30/23. Source left table: Strategas. Middle chart and right table: Bloomberg and Amundi US. Securities listed are not meant to represent any current or future holding of an Amundi US portfolio, and should not be considered recommendations to buy or sell any security.  Please see Terms and Indices below for more information.  Data based on past performance, which is no guarantee of future results.


We believe extreme market concentration is unlikely to be sustained; active managers who select stocks based on fundamentals may benefit as concentration unwinds.

Over 90% of the year-to-date return of the S&P 500 Index through September has come from the 10 stocks with the highest weightings in the Index. There is no other calendar year of positive returns for the index going back to 1990 where concentration was as high.

The result is that the S&P 500 Index is now at one of its highest levels, with the top 10 stocks alone representing almost 32% of the Index1. Moreover, the 10 largest stocks trade approximately at an average 32% premium to the S&P 500 Index as measured by forward price-to-earnings estimates. While these are large, highly profitable companies, can they continue to lead the equity markets given their lofty valuations?

Looking back over past 30+ years, periods in which there have been sharp increases in market concentration have often been followed by sharp reversal in concentration of the Index, as seen in the chart above.

While some may argue that this time may be different given the dominance of the top 10 in their respective markets, we believe market concentration may decline at some point, and those invested in large cap index portfolios could underperform active managers who choose to balance their exposure to the top 10 stocks with stocks more compellingly valued.

1Source: Bloomberg, 9/30/2023.



Opportunity to Explore

In this environment, we believe an active approach to investing may be advantageous. Amundi US offers investment opportunities to investors. 

Amundi US offers Pioneer Fundamental Growth Fund, which seeks long-term capital growth by investing in a range of sectors and companies. With the ability to adjust sector weighting based on factors including valuation concerns, supply issues, and rising rates, the fund is potentially positioned for a dynamic macro environment.


Terms and Indices

Forward price-earnings ratio: The current price of a stock divided by the consensus analyst estimates of 1-year projections of its earnings per share.

S&P 500: The S&P 500 broad measure of large-cap US equities and serves as the foundation for a wide range of investment products. 

Price/Earnings ratio (P/E): A valuation measure of expensiveness using a stock’s price divided by its per-share earnings

Indices are unmanaged and their returns assume reinvestment of dividends and do not reflect any fees or expenses. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Unless otherwise stated, all information contained in this document is from Amundi Asset Management US (Amundi US) and is as of 9/30/2023.

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