Current Market Assessment

Which Equity Markets are Favored?

For equity regions, countries and sectors, we combine information into comprehensive charts to help you understand what parts of the global equity market are better positioned for future returns and which are poorly positioned. The results of our quantitative assessments of global equity choices are illustrated in the charts below.

On all charts, the horizontal axis is Value, measuring the relationship of price to fundamental information such as earnings, sales, and cash flow. Equity markets which are farther to the right have better Value. The vertical dimension on the chart is Momentum, a measurement of the recent price performance for the equity index. The markets which are higher up in the chart have better Momentum. While the Atlas process uses other criteria in addition to Value and Momentum, those two are the most important. The markets in the upper right quadrant on the charts (if any) are most favorably positioned for future returns. We call that quadrant the “Comfort Zone”. Those in the lower left are least favorably positioned, in the “Danger Zone”. The size of the circles in the chart represent the market capitalization of the equity index and the color represents Atlas’ current positioning – green for overweight, yellow for neutral weight and red for underweight.

December 2022

Regional Assessments

In the Atlas Capital quantitative assessment of equity regions as of December 2022, international stocks are favored over the US. We are particularly tilted toward Europe. Atlas is tilted away from the US stock market because both valuation and momentum are negative relative to non-US markets.

December 2022

US Sector Ranking

Atlas is underweight or at neutral weight for most US sectors, because of unfavorable valuations. The four most highly weighted US markets are:

  • Energy
  • Health Care
  • Mid-cap
  • Industrials

These four US equity markets have the lowest ranking and therefore underweight positions for clients:

  • Consumer Discretionary
  • Information Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Communication Services

December 2022

Asia/Pacific Country Ranking

In Asia/Pacific we are at neutral weight for Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, while tilting away from the rest of the region.

December 2022

European Country Ranking

Because of favorable valuations, Atlas is over benchmark weight for many of the European stock markets. The four countries with the highest overall ranking in Europe are:

  1. Italy
  2. Denmark
  3. Austria
  4. UK

The least favored European equity markets are Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.

December 2022

Emerging Market Country Ranking

The Emerging Market region has a wide dispersion of favorability. The four best-positioned Emerging Markets are:

  1. Turkey
  2. Poland
  3. Mexico
  4. Chile

Clients have neutral positions in the countries highlighted in yellow, and are underweight the countries in red, including China, India and Philippines. Russia is not investable at this point and is not shown on the chart.

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