Fund managers direct attention to the UK

2023-08-18
Summary:

The earnings letdown in Q2 raises concerns among institutional investors about the European stock market outlook.

Institutional investors are growing increasingly worried about the outlook for European stock markets as earnings reports for the second quarter largely disappointed, according to the Bank of America’s monthly survey.


While 44%of European companies exceeded expectations for the last quarter, misses were reported by 30%companies, according Morgan Stanley. EPS for listed European companies in aggregate are expected to decline 1.8 % this year.


A net 71% of global fund managers expect stock markets in Europe to weaken in the coming months, up from 66 per cent in July, and a net 29% consider stocks in the region overvalued – the highest in three years.


The STOXX Europe 50 has up nearly 10% year to date but saw a significant pullback this month amid fears that the Chinese economy falters and US interest rates will stay higher for longer.


Recent moves by China to support the economy did help boost some markets but confidence receded in the last several days following the report that China’s new home prices fell for the first time this year in July.

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Notably, the UK stock market has started to attract more attention from fund managers after the FTSE 100 has underperformed other major markets so far in 2023.


A net 24% of managers were overweight early this month, a sharp reversal from July when the net underweight stood at -8%.


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