DAVID BIANCO: ‘Beware Of A Sudden Confidence Breakdown’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
By Paul Martin

Sam Ro
BusinessInsider.com
Jul. 23, 2012

David Bianco, the bullish equity strategist over at Deutsche Bank, continues to be cautious in the near-term.

From his latest note to clients:

S&P 500 upside breakout? Beware of a sudden confidence breakdown

At 13-13.5x 2012E EPS, valuations are supportive but not rock bottom. Given elevated short interest and defensive to bearish investor positioning, risk has already been taken down significantly, but there are no signs of panic and equity outflows could restart. Low implied volatilities provide investors with cheap downside protection, but most investors don’t buy such insurance. So, although valuations, positioning and cheap protection provide support, we would be surprised to see a sustained upside break-out this summer because clear soft patch exit signs are unlikely near-term. We are tactically cautious on fears that macro risks shake confidence again and the recently renewed faith in policy support proves fleeting. Earnings season brought a relief rally again, but soon worry season returns and we think the next 5%+ move is likely down.

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