The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: STMicroelectronics, BP and Asbury Automotive Group

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Chicago, IL – February 7, 2022 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: STMicroelectronics STM, BP BP and Asbury Automotive Group ABG.

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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

What’s the S&P 500’s “Fair Value”? Zacks February Market Strategy

The following is an excerpt from Zacks Chief Strategist John Blank’s full Feb Market Strategy reportTo access the full PDF, click here.

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In brief, Zacks “fair value” earnings call is based on a 2022 forward look ($223); 2023 (another ~10% added to $246.52); and an 18 F12M P/E ratio, a five-year average.

Zacks has 4,900 at year-end (YE) 2022 as our initial, conservative ‘fair value’ target.

Add on a dollop of Fed and G10 central bank-driven valuation upside to that.

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The latest 2022 “bottoms-up call is for the S&P 500 to reach 5,318.2 in 12 months.

Without money printing, Zacks has the S&P 500 index 4,900 at YE 2022. Add 320 points of money printing effects to get the S&P 500 index to 5,220 at YE 2022.

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Zacks had 4,350 as a YE 2021 call for “fair value” without money printing. The year ended with the S&P500 at 4,770. A difference of ~320 points.

Very bullish top-down Wall Street strategists called for the S&P 500 to end 2020 trading at 3,450. It ended at 3,756. A difference of ~300 points.

In conclusion, to actively compute “fair value” valuations, factor in earnings growth ahead, like the stock market does, 6 to 12 to 18 months.

Always keep up-to-date. Time moves on faster than your last calculation may recognize.

Looking for S&P 500 or Small-Cap Sector and Industry Ideas?

Apply a 12M forward-looking (endemic) COVID earnings landscape.

Study 2022 and the first half of 2023!

Focus on cyclical Zacks S&P 500 sectors.

The top-most large-cap sectors come to life in 2022, as broader and deeper U.S. and global vaccination and booster rates raise mobility, even more.

 

  • Consumer Discretionary (+66.0)
  • Aerospace (+19.1%)
  • Autos (+16.6%)
  • Construction (+16.0%)
  • Industrial Products (+15.4%)
  • Conglomerates (+12.5%)
  • Retail/Wholesale (+11.9%)
  • Medical (+8.7%)
  • Technology (+7.8%)
  • Utilities (+6.7%)
  • Consumer Staples (+5.1%)
  • Basic Materials (+3.6%)
  • Finance (-7.3%)
  • Oil/Energy (na)


An idea? Play sold-off cyclicals on a 2022 EPS/revenue build. That’s a forward bull play.

Zacks S&P 600 (Small Cap) Annual Earnings consensus shows a nifty rise going out to 2023. The small-cap Russell 2000 has sold off, more than the large cap growth indices.

2011        $29.1 Billion

2012        $32.2

2013        $36.5

2014        $39.1

2015        $36.8

2016        $37.5

2017        $40.4

2018        $50.0

2019        $48.0

2020        $33.8

2021        $65.5

2022        $72.7

2023        $79.7

Still: realize this pandemic is not over.

Far from it.

To Jan. 31st, there were 10.08B vaccine doses given, 375.1M world-wide cases and 5.67M deaths worldwide.

In that, there were 74.3M USA cases and 884K USA deaths.

The FEB Zacks Rank system showed only 2 Very Attractive sectors; Energy and Info Tech.  Both are global, and both are driven by supply shortages at the moment.

It was sparse one notch beneath that too: Consumer Discretionary got an upgrade to Attractive. The setting is one where Omicron played out. All may bounce a quarter later.

Materials and Industrials came in at Market Weight. Steel and Metal Fabricating looked good. Communication Services and Utilities stayed at Market Weight. Telco Equipment looked great.

Health Care was a bare Market Weight. Why? Omicron raised the Drug Industry and lowered the Medical Products industry at the same time.

Consumer Staples fell all the way back to Very Unattractive this month. Agri-business was the exception. Omicron took down Misc. Staples, Tobacco, Food, & Beverages.

(1) Info Tech stayed at Very Attractive. Computer-Office Equipment, Semis (with a global supply shortage), and Misc. Tech were at the top, and in that order.

Zacks #1 Rank (STRONG BUY): STMicroelectronics

(2) Energyremained a Very Attractive sector. Coal, Oil & Gas Integrated, Oil-Misc. and the Energy-Alternates stood out.

Zacks #1 Rank (STRONG BUY): BP

(3) Consumer Discretionaryrose to Attractive. Publishing, Apparel and Autos/Tires/Trucks, were strong and show wealth effects and strong overall consumer spending.

Zacks # Rank (STRONG BUY): Asbury Automotive Group

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