Strong Earnings Helped Support the Summer Rally

Monday 12 September 2022

Cross Asset


Strong Earnings Helped Support the Summer Rally

September 2022 | We see sustainability of margins/earnings as the key driver of allocation across sectors. This leads us to an overall preference for defensives. In some cases, cyclical sectors can also offer resilient margins and profitability. Across non-defensive sectors, we believe Energy might have further upside, especially if the economic downturn proves mild. High-quality areas such as Luxury Goods are a key overweight in our view as a sector where profitability and margins are very resilient.

01 | This Month's Topic: Ultimately, margins coming down from very high levels should drive the earnings downturn in our view.

02 | Thematic: LatAm’s dramatic elections calendar that landed three leftist presidents in the Andrea region might be two-thirds over, but the political and policy uncertainty created by these election results is far from it. Chile and Colombia are now expanding the size and role of the state, while intense political and macro conditions have forced yet another and a big-time government reshuffles in Peru and Argentina, respectively.

03 | Global Research: The origins of inflation are not always well understood. While some economists had warned of impending inflation as early as last year, few had anticipated the dramatic shift in spending from services to goods and the effects of such a shift. The fact that inflation expectations remain subdued is likely due to rational inattention. In the absence of monetary tightening, we believe that inflation expectations will inevitably get de-anchored.

Strong Earnings Helped Support the Summer Rally

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