Mark Mobius says stocks haven’t seen ‘absolute bottom’ yet

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‘I don’t think we’re at the absolute bottom yet because the implications of this shutdown are incredible.’


— Mark Mobius

Emerging-markets investing pioneer Mark Mobius made those remarks Tuesday in an interview with CNBC, putting him in the investing camp that expects an inevitable cascade of brutal economic data and corporate earnings hasn’t been fully discounted by investors.

Mobius, who founded Mobius Capital Partners in 2018 after a three-decade run at Franklin Templeton Investments, said corporate earnings would be “pretty bad” and that while some bargains have emerged, investors should keep some cash ready to deploy in the event of a further market downturn.

U.S. stocks hit all-time highs in February, then plunged into a bear market as the global spread of COVID-19 forced the U.S. and countries around the world to largely lock down their economies in an effort to contain the outbreak. Stocks have taken back a large chunk of lost ground since March 23, however, with recent gains tied to expectations the pandemic is near its peak, turning attention to efforts to reopen economies.

Market bulls have argued that the unprecedented nature of the shock and the massive response from the Federal Reserve, other central banks, and governments have rendered most comparisons to past bear markets debatable.

Stocks were up strongly Tuesday morning, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+1.34%

up around 575 points, or 2.5%, while the S&P 500
SPX,
+1.74%

advanced around 2.6%.

Others have cautioned that stocks are largely sticking to the bear market script.

See:Stock-market bull warns investors not to ‘chase the rally’ as ‘epic battle’ between Fed and coronavirus unfolds

“Although there are some opportunities to buy, I would say it’s probably a good idea to keep some powder dry for another downturn,” he said. “We might see a double bottom.”



Source : MTV