“U.S. earnings in the next 12 months are expected to be at a record high. However, earnings in both Europe and Emerging Markets remain far below their 2011 peaks,” J.P. Morgan analysts said. “A long cyclical recovery in Europe and an improving banking system should lift European earnings while EM profits should rebound on firmer commodity prices. Both European and EM earnings appear to have more room to grow than in the U.S. While U.S. price/earnings ratios are above their 25-year average, Europe and EM look more attractive from a valuation perspective.”
Moreover, U.S. traders may have overlooked the potential effects of a tighter monetary policy. The Federal Reserve has stated it is embarking on monetary tightening and a path toward interest rate normalization. However, U.S. markets have not reflected this expectation, and the ongoing disconnect could cause downside risk ahead.
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