Amid slowing growth worldwide, growth stocks have outperformed value both in the US and Europe in the past decade and have been a profitable bet in long/short managers’ books. There are some inherent differences in what value stocks represent in the two regions. Looking at the composition of the MSCI US and Europe Value indices, […]
Euro area business surveys (PMIs and IFO) showed renewed signs of life in March after the drops seen in the first two months of the year. Surveys also highlighted the contrasting trend between the manufacturing sector, dented by a subdued external environment, and the services sector. Flash PMIs above consensus expectations According to Markit’s preliminary […]
Swiss GDP surprised on the upside in Q4, driven by robust consumption. Looking ahead, our scenario for the Swiss economy remains unchanged. For 2016, we expect Swiss GDP to expand by 1.1% and headline inflation to average -0.6%. The 0.4% q-o-q rise in the Q4 figure came after a downwardly revised Q3 figure of -0.1% q-o-q. For […]
Lending to the economy reached record levels in China in January, suggesting that the authorities are prepared to do more to support growth. A stabilisation of the yuan and an admission by the authorities of mistakes in their approach to financial markets are also positive signs. Market fears around China may therefore temporarily abate. However, […]
Unemployment dropped, wage increases were higher than expected and the average workweek inched up. The overall situation remains healthy in the US labour market. Non-farm payroll employment rose by a soft 151,000 m-o-m in January, below consensus expectations (190,000). December’s figure was revised down (from 292,000 to 262,000), but November’s number was revised up (from […]
Although we have left our forecasts for euro area GDP unchanged – 1.8% growth expected in 2016, well above trend – downside risks have intensified in recent weeks. There are both good and bad reasons to worry about the recovery but, in short, the euro area can continue to do well despite sluggish global growth, […]
The ISM Manufacturing index stabilised at a low level in January. But its Non-Manufacturing counterpart fell further heavily, although it remained pitched at a still relatively healthy level. Nevertheless, together with most other economic data published recently, these surveys unfortunately confirm that growth entered 2016 with a soft momentum. ISM Manufacturing index stabilised at a […]
US real GDP, curbed by lower stockbuilding and a slowdown in consumption growth, grew by a soft 0.7% in Q4. We have cut our forecast for 2016. However, we still expect reasonably healthy growth (2.0%). In Q4 2015, US real GDP grew by a weak 0.7% q-o-q annualised, just a fraction below consensus estimates (+0.8%). […]
Growth is gradually normalising as cyclical weaknesses abate, and we expect fairly healthy rates of economic growth in developed economies in 2016. Moreover, we believe that an innovation shock could boost growth in the coming years — and indeed that a technological innovation shock has already begun, although its effects are still concentrated on certain sectors for now.
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