Emerging Markets Lower After Market Bloodbath

Emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds followed their U.S. counterparts lower in Monday’s market bloodbath, but some market observers remain encourage by the 2018 prospects for developing economies.

Emerging tech stocks hit a one-month low on Tuesday gripped by a wider rout in the sector and rising concerns over trade wars with Turkish markets under pressure after data showed inflation remaining sticky, reports Reuters.

Emerging markets equities still trade at a discounts relative to U.S. benchmarks, but the utility of the quality factor in the developing world cannot be understated. Historically, when emerging markets stocks decline, it is lower quality names driving those declines.

Emerging markets are enjoying improved fundamentals thanks to corporate earnings improving as economic growth rebounds and strengthening currencies against the U.S. dollar on the back of improved economic outlooks. Investors would do well to not simply focus on the weak dollar or supposedly compelling valuations on emerging markets stocks.

In the first quarter, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: IEMG) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) both notched positive returns while the S&P 500 lost 1%.

Plenty of Enthusiasm for Emerging Markets

“Meanwhile, emerging market earnings have been behind the economic cycle and still show potential for continued expansion,” reports CNBC.