Morgan Stanley says a quality bias should continue to do well By
2024-06-11 00:20:06
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Morgan Stanley analysts believe a focus on high-quality stocks (quality bias) will continue to be a successful investment strategy.

They point to mixed economic data, with positive signs in consumer spending and the services sector but also concerns about inflation.

This uncertainty, according to Morgan Stanley, reinforces their view of favoring "quality growth and quality cyclicals with some defensive exposure."

The note highlights the underperformance of small-cap stocks compared to large-cap counterparts. Morgan Stanley reasons that small caps are more sensitive to interest rates, and while higher rates are a clear negative, they don't see significant benefits for small caps from potential rate cuts. This is a key reason they favor large-cap stocks.

Encouragingly, Morgan Stanley observes a reacceleration of earnings growth, particularly within large-cap, high-quality stocks. This trend, following a period of stagnation, coincides with recent loosening of financial conditions and revised, lower growth expectations.

With the economic outlook remaining unclear, Morgan Stanley recommends a "large cap quality bias" for investors. This strategy incorporates exposure to different market segments, including growth stocks, cyclical stocks, and defensive plays, to navigate the uncertain late-cycle environment.

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