Why a powerful begin to earnings season isn’t halting the slide for international shares

The Wall Avenue signal is seen exterior The New York Inventory Alternate (NYSE) in New York, February 16, 2021.

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

LONDON — Company earnings season is off to a flying begin, however the constructive surprises have up to now didn’t generate upward momentum for international inventory markets.

As of Friday morning, 13% of firms in Europe and 20% within the U.S. had reported first-quarter earnings, with the bulk exceeding consensus expectations.

Barclays analysts on Friday highlighted that earnings per share (EPS) progress has been notably excessive so far, at 107% year-on-year in Europe and 63% within the U.S.

EPS beats are above common for a reporting season at 74% in Europe and 83% within the U.S., Barclays highlighted, whereas gross sales progress has stunned positively versus consensus by 1% in Europe and 4% within the U.S. Financials have led the beats, with all European financials up to now delivering constructive earnings per share surprises.

Nevertheless, each European and U.S. markets are down barely for the week, and Barclays Head of European Fairness Technique Emmanuel Cau recommended that top earnings expectations had largely been priced into markets following their spectacular run and re-rating over the previous 12 months.

“Our view that the reporting season could grow to be a case of ‘journey and arrive’ appears to be enjoying out up to now,” Cau mentioned within the notice.

“The median inventory worth response to outcomes is certainly unfavorable regardless of the robust beats to estimates, primarily within the U.S., whereas it’s broadly flat in Europe.”

Cau famous {that a} comparable sample had emerged within the earlier two earnings seasons, with inventory markets rallying within the run-up earlier than stalling, and starting to rally once more after a interval of digestion.

Marcus Morris-Eyton, portfolio supervisor at Allianz International Traders, advised CNBC Thursday that earnings season was anticipated to be robust as a consequence of “very wholesome macro tailwinds,” and that these will doubtless proceed for the subsequent a number of quarters, notably in Europe.

“However the problem for us as traders is expectations are very excessive, so these firms have to both meet or exceed expectations,” Morris-Eyton advised CNBC’s “Squawk Field Europe.”

“You’ve got already seen just a few examples of the place firms have reported in-line numbers however it wasn’t adequate for the market.”

‘Correction issues’

The strong earnings supply will likely be necessary for fairness markets to proceed their normal grind larger, however overbought technicals, broadly bullish positioning and the seasonal “promote in Could” mindset might place shares within the “hazard zone” for a pullback if a unfavorable catalyst emerges, Cau recommended.

“The obvious can be a vaccine resistant (coronavirus) variant showing, however geopolitical flares or a hawkish coverage shock might damage sentiment too,” he mentioned.

“Additionally, we warned not too long ago about regulatory/taxation danger, which has been largely ignored by markets.”

The latter got here to the fore on Thursday, as markets have been spooked by experiences that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is contemplating hikes to capital positive aspects tax as a part of its new financial package deal.

“Many indicators have been stretched for a while now and it might have been untimely to de-risk given the bettering fundamentals, however there appears to be much less margin for error now if one thing have been to go unsuitable,” Cau mentioned.

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