Shift to value stocks finally beginning?
But individual investors are getting back into more value-oriented sectors.
According to data from mutual fund tracker EPFR, the weekly amount of money invested in financial sector and industrial sector funds through May 27 notched 20-week highs. And energy sector funds have now posted increased investments for the past 21 weeks.
“Hopes that the global economy is now on the foothills of the post-pandemic recovery saw sector-oriented investors cast a wider net going into June,” said Cameron Brandt, director of research at EPFR, in a report.
That makes sense. Conservative investors who may not be convinced the worst is over for the global economy may value high-yielding dividend payers over riskier, cyclical growth stocks.
And with the Fed set to keep rates near zero for the foreseeable future, that could also give a boost to some of the more indebted companies in the energy, consumer and financial sectors. Super-low interest rates are essentially a free pass from Fed chair Jerome Powell to refinance existing debt and sell more bonds to fund growth opportunities.
Plus, every investing cycle eventually ends. The FAANGs/tech can’t dominate the market indefinitely.
RBC Capital Markets head of US equity strategy Lori Calvasina said in a report this week that the recent outperformance of value stocks does not “represent major breakouts yet,” and that she remains neutral on value sectors.
And BTIG chief equity and derivatives strategist Julian Emanuel warned in a report that the recent surge in financial stocks in particular “has a frantic feel to it.”
Old habits die hard. So investors may keep coming back to big tech stocks, especially if value stocks continue to soar and no longer look like the bargains they were just a few months ago.