JPMorgan's Tom Lee: Bull stock market not getting respect
The stock market's bull run isn't getting the respect it deserves, JPMorgan's chief U.S. equity strategist, Tom Lee, said Monday.
"This is a bull market people don't like, don't respect," he said.
"I think individuals, especially high-net-worth individuals, have huge cash positions. I just think that right now stocks don't have any respect. I think there's a feeling that the best way to make money is through fixed income or real return instruments. And I think people are forgetting over time equities have been a great real return vehicle."
On CNBC's "Halftime Report," Lee said that there would be a market tilt toward cyclical stocks.
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"Some of the hedge funds are starting to increase their exposure to cyclical stocks, especially basic materials," he added, most likely providing a lift to those sectors ahead of the market.
Lee also made the case for stocks being cheap on a relative basis.
"The word 'bubble' has pretty negative connotations, and I think when we think about it for the stock market, it shouldn't be based on the price," he said. "It should be based on either P/E ratio or relative P/E, and by either measure, I don't think the stock market's anywhere close to a bubble."
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Noting that the median price-earnings ratio for stocks is below 15 times, Lee added: "High yield is telling us that S&P's P/E should be 17 times right now, so we're still trading at a huge discount to where the high-yield market is. And in terms of econ growth, I don't see any evidence that we're peaking."
Citing low capital spending, pent-up demand and tight credit, Lee said, "These are not signs of an economy overheating, and I don't see how this leads to a stock market bubble."
Lee had a year-end price target for the S&P 500 of 1,775.
"I don't think 1,775 is going to be any obstacle for the market between now and year-end," he added.
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