Investment strategy
May 2, 2021
4 mins

Earnings and the end of euphoria

May 2, 2021
4 mins
David Bailin
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Steven Wieting
CHIEF INVESTMENT STRATEGIST AND CHIEF ECONOMIST
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SUMMARY

Strong earnings reports produced little reaction in equities last week. As the economy reopens, we would look to buy dips in stay-at-home digital companies.


  • A robust Q1 earnings season so far reinforces our optimism that the COVID recession is behind us. Over 85% of S&P 500 companies have exceeded expectations for Q1 earnings so far, beating EPS estimates by 22% on average.
  • The relatively muted market response this week to a much stronger than expected quarter for tech profits (S&P 500 technology ended the week 2% lower) is indicative of high expectations as earnings revisions come back to earth.
  • While many management teams have highlighted rising input costs as a potential headwind to margins, we view these price increases as largely temporary and related pandemic-driven distortions in global supply chains. This is why we expect that though there will be near term inflation in commodities and goods, these are unlikely to persist.

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