SECULAR TAILWINDS GROW AS FED HEADWINDS RECEDE
As the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle may be near its end, Mark Baribeau, Head of Global Equity at Jennison Associates, highlights winning secular trends.
While 2022 was challenging for equity markets, growth stocks rebounded in the first half of 2023, driven by resilient corporate earnings, moderating inflation, and strong consumer demand. Growth stocks generally tend to face downward pressure in an inflationary environment, particularly when the speed of interest rate hikes is rapid, which was the primary culprit for weak equity performance in 2022. But receding inflation, signs of slowing economic growth, and the Fed signaling a rate-hike pause fueled a rotation back toward growth stocks with solid earnings and durable revenue growth.
While equity valuations were reset harshly last year, the readjustment has created a favorable backdrop for growth stocks, which should be better positioned to outperform as economic growth moderates. While growth companies began the year with neutral valuations and more visible earnings outlooks, the market environment may remain challenging in the second half of 2023 given the ongoing geopolitical uncertainty, tighter credit standards, and spillover from the banking turmoil. Despite the potential market slowdown, we believe that more normalized valuation levels will favor growth stocks with visible, durable earnings growth as the Fed ends its tightening policy. Consensus estimates are also signaling a strong corporate profit rebound for growth stocks compared to value stocks, which tend to be more vulnerable to the cyclical downward pressure of an economic slowdown.
Despite the potential market slowdown, we believe more normalized valuation levels will favor growth stocks with visible, durable earnings as the Fed’s tightening policy ends
Sectors that exhibit strong, durable earnings growth and powerful new product cycles are expected to thrive in today’s volatile environment. Four secular growth areas where we see tremendous opportunities include:
Head of Global Equities, Jennison Associates
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