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Analysts at investment bank BMO Capital Markets expect a rally stock market in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. The expert sees several reasons for the stock market rally, reports Business Insider.

Companies are already cheap relative to projected profits

Markets are focused on the future, and investors will soon return to stocks and ignore the current difficult macroeconomic situation caused by rising inflation.

About two-thirds of stocks are trading at a discount

Another indication that stocks are undervalued and we are in for a rally in the US stock bear is the fact that about 66% of the S&P 500 Index securities now have a forward P/E ratio below their historical averages.

Cyclical stocks and growth stocks are worth less than protective stocks

In contrast, securities from cyclical sectors such as consumer staples, energy and financials are trading at a discount relative to their forward P/E average. The same is true for communications services and IT.

Earnings forecasts are down, but may be up at the end of the third quarter

Fears that companies will record a big drop in profits are greatly exaggerated. The next earnings season, which begins in mid-October, will restore investor calm and spark a rally in the US stock bar.

Earnings forecasts are better now than at the end of 2021

Usually between January and September, earnings forecasts for S&P 500 companies are down 3.8%. This year, however, analysts have raised their estimates by 0.5%, despite high inflation affecting business margins.

Profits continue to rise

In the third quarter, profits are expected to grow at an annualized rate of more than 3%. That said, it’s also expected that in each of the four quarters, companies will record exactly the growth, not the decline, in profits.

The fourth quarter is the best time for stocks

The S&P 500 tends to end the year with strong gains. According to the BMO, since 1945, the index has averaged a 4.4% gain in the fourth quarter (not including 2008 results).

Losses in the previous three quarters lead to a rally in U.S. stock bear in the fourth quarter

Strong declines in the first three quarters of the year historically form the basis for outstanding results in the fourth quarter. For example, with the S&P 500 down more than 20% in September, the index cut its losses, climbing an average of 9.6% per quarter.

Earlier, we reported that European bourses were up noticeably in trading on Tuesday.

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Stats had a positive effect on the European stock market. European growth stocks

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West European stock indexes closed Wednesday’s trading with a confident growth. Traders evaluated the fresh batch of statistics and bought European growth stocks.

What influenced European stocks to high growth?

GDP volume in France rose 0.2% in the third quarter compared to the previous three months, final data from the national statistics institute Insee showed. The final data coincided with a preliminary estimate. Analysts, on average, had not expected a revision, according to a Trading Economics survey. GDP growth slowed from a 0.5% rebound in the second quarter.

Consumer prices in France, harmonized with European Union standards, rose 7.1% year-over-year in November. Insee also reported. The November rate of increase in consumer prices coincided with that of October, and analysts polled by Trading Economics expected inflation to remain at the same level.

Consumer spending in the country collapsed by 2.8% in October compared with the previous month. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expected a more moderate decline of 1 percent. The consensus forecast of experts polled by Trading Economics envisioned a 0.6% decline. The decrease in consumer spending was the maximum since April 2021.

The number of unemployed in Germany increased by 17 thousand in November, according to the Federal Employment Agency of Germany. The rise in the index was marked at the end of the sixth month in a row. Experts interviewed by Bloomberg agency, on average, predicted an increase of 13.5 thousand. Respondents to Trading Economics expected an increase of 13 thousand.

Additional positives for investors in European markets on Wednesday were messages about easing of coronavirus restrictions in a lot of cities in China. Note that Amazon’s stock price is also rising if you are interested in the U.S. stock market.

Earlier, we reported that U.S. stock indices were up 2.2-4.4%.

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U.S. stock indices today rose 2.2-4.4%

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The U.S. stock indices today closed the trading on Wednesday with the confident growth due to the statements of the Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, who confirmed that the U.S. Central Bank could slow down the basic rate rise as early as in December.

Judging by the quotations of futures on the level of the prime rate, U.S. stock market indices expect the Federal Reserve to raise it by 50 basis points (bps) in December – to 4.25-4.5%. The U.S. Central Bank has increased the rate by 75 bps at each of the previous four meetings. Against this background, the current stock price of Facebook also rose.

The report by the industry organization ADP, published on Wednesday, showed a slowdown in job growth in the U.S. private sector. Their number increased by 127,000 in November, the lowest rate since January, said the ADP. Analysts polled by The Wall Street Journal on average had forecast job growth of 190,000 after a jump of 239,000 in October.

Data from the U.S. Commerce Department, also released Nov. 30, showed higher-than-reported growth in the U.S. economy in the third quarter. U.S. GDP grew at an annualized rate of 2.9% in the July-September quarter, rather than the previously reported 2.6%. Experts polled by Trading Economics had expected an average revision of 2.7%.

Also, the Federal Reserve released its regional Beige Book survey Wednesday, showing that economic activity in the United States was little changed in the fall.

Federal Reserve banks in five counties reported a weak increase in activity in October and November, while the other seven reported a stable or slightly declining economy.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average index was up 737.24 points (2.18%) at 34589.77 as of Wednesday’s market close.

  • Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 122.48 points (3.09%) to 4,080.11 points.

  • The Nasdaq Composite added 484.22 points (4.41%) to 1,468.

All three U.S. stock market indices closed November, with the Dow Jones gaining 5.3%; the S&P 500 gaining 4.6%, and the Nasdaq Composite gaining 3.3%.

Earlier we reported that Main European stock indices were rising during trading.

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Main European stock indices are rising during trading on Thursday. The Stoxx Europe 600 composite index of the largest companies in the region rose 0.58% to 442.60 points. German DAX is up 0.34%, British FTSE 100 is up 0.15%, French CAC 40 is up 0.01%, Italian FTSE MIB is up 0.47% and Spanish IBEX 35 is up 0.45%.

What affected the best European stock indices?

During a speech at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, Powell reiterated that the Fed could slow the rise in the prime rate as early as December. “The time to moderate the pace of rate hikes may come as early as the next meeting,” Powell said. 

The Fed chair, meanwhile, tried to balance those words with “hawkish” signals. Market Watch notes. He said that the U.S. Central Bank will have to raise the rate higher than could be expected a few months ago. Moreover, Powell made it clear that the issue of rate cuts is irrelevant at the moment. By the way, his words influenced the growth of the current stock price of the NASDAQ-100

Another Fed official, Board of Governors member Lisa Cook said she believes the regulator needs to keep raising rates as inflation is still too high. “We’ve started to get more favorable inflation data. But I would be cautious about drawing big conclusions on just one month’s worth of data,” Cook said during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club.

Earlier, we reported on how European stock indexes were falling following Asian stock markets.

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