dinsdag 30 mei 2017

Deutsche Bank Downgrades European Banks To Underweight

In what some may find an amusing change in outlook by the bank that less than a year ago was on insolvency's door, its stock at record lows, this morning Deutsche Bank downgraded its peers, other (ostensibly more sound) European banks, to underweight from benchmark on expectations that fading euro-area growth momentum will weigh on the sector over coming months. At the same time, DB strategist Andreas Bruckner also Upgraded energy to overweight from underweight as recent USD weakness points to near-term upside for oil. He also upgraded construction materials to overweight from underweight as the recent correction has gone too far given sector is already priced for severe slowdown in global growth and a sharp rise in U.S. credit spreads even as they have tightened. The German bank also downgrades tech to benchmark from overweight given fair price after outperformance and USD weakness, DB notes however that within tech, Deutsche Bank prefers semiconductors. It also downgraded airlines to benchmark from overweight, and downgrades consumer durables to underweight from benchmark on expected slowdown in global PMI momentum, fading U.S. consumer confidence and high valuation. Finally, it reduced its underweight in mining as sector is below fair value estimate...


*) The details: Banks, downgrade from benchmark to underweight, as fading Euro area growth momentum is set to weigh on the sector over the coming months. The Euro area composite PMI new orders index, at 55.5, is consistent with 3% Euro area GDP growth, significantly above our economists’ GDP forecast of 1.8%. If PMIs fade back to the levels consistent with our economists’ projections (at around 53), this would imply PMI momentum (i.e. the six-month change in PMIs) turning negative over the coming months...


Banks are among the sectors most sensitive to swings in Euro area PMI momentum and tend to underperform when it turns negative. There is no particular valuation support, with the sector’s P/E discount at 20%, roughly in line with the long-term average. We expect PMI momentum to trough later in the year, at which point we will be looking to turn more positive on banks, especially given that our sector analysts see upside for the sector over the next 12 months (as a function of the expected interest rate normalization)...

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