I’m getting more bullish
by Peter Switzer
Before going on, let me be clear on this — I’m buying stocks but I suspect I will see some down days between now and October but I will use them to buy stocks. My view is long-term and so I buy the dips but I think they will be shallower this year compared to last year.
Wall Street overnight
Wall Street put in another great day at the office with the Dow up 113.9 points or 0.87 per cent to 13,204.62 while the S&P 500 was up 9.29 points or 0.67 per cent to 1399.98. This has been driven by company earnings coming in better than expected and the new belief that if the US economy falters, QE3 will kick in.
There’s a determination that the Federal Reserve boss, Ben Bernanke won’t let the recovery fail and he knows confidence needs to be fed so that a normal strong growth economy is put into train. Without this, the chances of paying down debt and repairing the budget will be made hopeless.
So, the Yanks have sails set for growth and that has to help stock prices.
Outlook for Australia
Now for Australia. Chris Cuffe of Third Link Investment Managers, who was one of the most rewarded fund managers of all time in Australian history because of his insights and ability, thinks stocks are heading up.
Last year he was more negative but recently on my Switzer program on Sky News Business Channel he acknowledged that we will see some European Union challenges this year but he thinks as we get closer to year’s end, lots of the crucial ducks will be in a row.
He thinks we are well-placed to play some stock price catch-up with Wall Street, given our S&P/ASX 200 is up only 39 per cent since the 9 March 2009 bounce while the S&P 500 is up around 105 per cent!
Of course this will be helped by the rate cuts ahead which should start on Tuesday and provided we get around three cuts this year then I can see Cuffe’s predictions coming to pass.
Overnight Europe’s business sentiment index hit a 14-month low and that’s not really surprising but European companies such as Volkswagen have been reporting better than expected.
I suspect there will be some worrying moments this year but I reckon they will be less concerning compared to last year.
However, by year’s end I’m wagering that we could be into a bull market and so I want to be in early even if I make some short-term losses in the process.
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Published on: Friday, April 27, 2012
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