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Insights & Manager Commentary

Churchill Management - Commentary

by Craig Love, on May 14, 2021

  • Behind ample support from loose monetary policy and multiple rounds of fiscal stimulus, markets have continued to grind higher since the start of April.
  • Rotation continues to be a theme under the hood, with leadership continuing to flip flop between a growth and value story.
  • Behind massive stimulus, the early returns for the market rebound came from an increase in the price/earnings multiple. From 2019 to today, the trailing p/e (using operating earnings) multiple on the S&P 500 expanded from 18 to 29, making up some 90% of returns.
  • Enter earnings to keep the party rolling. The current earnings season has seen a record 87% percent of S&P 500 companies beating their estimates and has analysts scrambling to revise future estimates upward.
  • Concerns over inflation appear to be the biggest investor concern. The topic of increasing input costs has been front and center over recent months as commodity prices have skyrocketed.
  • The Federal Reserve is banking that much of the inflation we are seeing will be transitory, the result of supply bottlenecks that should be temporary.
  • For now, the market continues to look good. Big Tech bounced back after correcting earlier in the year, but the previous highs have acted as an area of
  • Breadth has confirmed the new highs on the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, showing widespread participation – a sign of a healthy rally.
  • As always, we will keep a close eye on these factors and make any changes as needed.



Source: Churchill Management Group 

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