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Goldman Sachs is not feeling very bullish about stocks in 2019

Valentin Lazarov

Goldman Sachs is not feeling very bullish about stocks in 2019, according to its official outlook report to clients out this week.

Here are some of the investment bank’s predictions for next year:

The S&P 500 will rise just 5 percent to 3,000 by year-end 2019 (after closing 2018 at 2,850).

Households, mutual funds and pension funds should raise cash: “Cash will represent a competitive asset class to stocks for the first time in many years.”

Investors should buy defensive sectors and stocks to ride out a tough year where fears of a recession increase. Goldman raised utilities sector to “overweight” in the report.

Base forecast: Stocks return 7 percent, T-bills return 3 percent and Treasurys return 1 percent in 2019.

But the market could be in for big trouble from tariffs: “If the full 25 percent tariffs are levied on all imports from China the earnings impact could be significant, potentially eliminating any profit growth next year,” the report said.

Goldman generally believes the bull market will continue in 2019, but it could get choppier as the year continues and investors begin to worry about a recession in 2020. The bank puts a 30 percent probability on a market “downside scenario” where fears of a recession and tariffs drive the market earnings valuation to contract and the S&P 500 to end the year down at 2,500. (It gives a 50 percent probability to its S&P 500 3,000 base case and just a 20 percent probability for the 3,400 upside case.)




International Financial Markets Department

Euro-Finance Ltd.



*This material should not be considered as a recommendation for buying/selling securities.