- We provide an assessment of European sectors and styles judging from the signals produced by our quant models, further enriched by our qualitative analysis.
- Undervalued based on quant: energy, HPP, and software. Overvalued: autos, retail, comm. & prof. services, cons. services, telecoms, materials, and semiconductors.
- Among European styles, undervaluation is indicated for defensive, small cap and min volatility. Low leverage, large cap value and cyclicals look expensive
- Incorporating also our qualitative analyses, we maintain a tilt to cyclicals and value – with higher selectivity (more financials and energy) and lower UW on defensive.
- The rotation into value (higher OW) and cyclicals (lower OW) sectors is well advanced but not exhausted as GDP, yield and M1 momentum remain sanguine, together with policy support. Value stocks, in particular, are a hedge against a surprise spike in bond yields, and likely to benefit from the cyclical upswing and rising inflation expectations.
- OW: financials, energy, materials, and software. Underweight cons. services (new), media, real estate (new), and telecoms. We bring household & personal products to neutral from UW.