Markets are getting a wake-up call in 2023, says Morgan Stanley, which is offering a plan for investors to prepare.

Markets are getting a wake-up call in 2023, says Morgan Stanley, which is offering a plan for investors to prepare.

Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller and several strategists said last week’s weaker-than-expected October CPI, which sent the S&P 500 to its best level in five months, was overblown.

His words could be heard as stock futures point to a softer start in the last full week before the start of Thanksgiving. We will also have retail sales data this week.

And it’s at this time of year that Wall Street starts rolling out its 2023 market forecast, an unenviable task for sure. Our call of the day comes from Morgan Stanley where a team led by America’s top strategist Mike Wilson sees the S&P 500 SPX
ending next year almost on par with its current level, at 3,900.

While it may seem a bit uneventful, the interim period will be anything but once Wall Street receives a wake-up call on earnings hopes that are still far too optimistic, the bank says.

“We remain firmly convinced that the bottom-up consensus earnings of 2023 are
materially too high,” said Wilson and the team, who revised their 2023 earnings per share forecast down another 8% to $195, 16% below consensus and 11% lower annually. .

“After what remains of this current tactical rally, we see the S&P 500 discounting the risk of 23 earnings in the 12th quarter via a price bottom around 3,000 to 3,300. ‘potential dip in EPS, which is typical of earnings recessions,’ Wilson said.

“Equities should start to process this reacceleration in growth well in advance and rebound strongly to end the year at 3,900 in our base case,” he said.

As for portfolio moves, Wilson said they will remain defensive until those estimates “reflect the collapse.” They upgraded commodities to overweight them and reduced real estate to an equal weight, leaving overweights also in healthcare, utilities and defense.
oriented energy values. Consumer Discretionary and Tech Hardware remain unchanged as underweights.

The eventual silver lining is that a turbulent 2023 may give way to a better 2024, where Wilson and co. see a strong rebound as growth in operating leverage is positive – revenues are growing faster than expenses – “i.e. the next boom”.

As for the current market situation, Wilson warns investors to remain flexible, referring to the bank’s bullish tactical turn four weeks ago.

“After a 12-month period where downside stubbornness paid off, we believe we will now enter the final stages of the bear market where two-way risk must be respected,” he said. .

He sees a “window of opportunity when long-term interest rates generally decline before the depth of the slowdown is reflected in earnings estimates and the economy”, defining it as a late-cycle period between the latest Fed hike and the recession.

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But remember they are talking about break here only. “So while we believe there is a window for equities to reach the end of the year as markets dream of a pause, a Fed cut is likely a bad sign that the recession is upon us ( negative payroll),” Wilson said. His chart shows that stocks are not reacting well to this:

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The steps

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are slightly lower, CL oil prices
flat, while the dollar DXY
is higher, perhaps taking inspiration from Waller’s comments from the Fed. It was a mixed Asian session, with gains in Hong Kong HK:HSI,
losses in Tokyo JP:NIK.

The buzz

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Tyson TSN Foods
will release its results on Monday, with retailers also in the spotlight like Walmart WMT
and Home Depot HD
report on Tuesday, with Target TGT
Wednesday, with Cisco CSCO
and Nvidia NVDA.

DIS Disney
Marvel-owned sequel ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ saw second-best opening weekend of 2022, and AMC shares AMC
are up in premarket.

“Fix your businesses. Or Congress will,” Sen. Ed Markey fires back at Tesla TSLA
leader Elon Musk over insulting Twitter owner. Musk, meanwhile, told a G20 forum that he had “too much work” on his plate.

Midterm, victories in Nevada and Arizona mean Democrats will cling to the Senate, with Republicans within 10 wins of controlling the House.

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Should the stock market rally go further? Look at the 200-day moving average on the S&P 500, some say.

“It provided very tough resistance in March and August. Therefore, if it can significantly break above that line, it will signal that the Q4 rally could/should last through the end of the year,” said Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller+ Tobacco. roundup. Here is his chart:

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