Two of Wall Street's biggest firms published bold calls about the stock market in the coming year.
S&P Global Market Intelligence on Monday raised its one-year S&P 500 target to 2,575. On Sunday evening, Morgan Stanley reiterated its 2,700
The S&P target implies nearly 6 percent upside from current levels, while Morgan Stanley's is 11 percent higher.
S&P Global's new 12-month target is considerably higher than the 2,340 it had set in October.
"In summary, we believe that existing macro-fundamentals that include sustained moderate U.S. and global GDP growth, against an environment of low global inflation, will continue to drive attractive
While bullish on the solid gains made this year, the strategists highlight a clear fissure between value- and growth-oriented stocks' performance year to date; growth stocks have risen 12 percent while value stocks have risen just under 6 percent.
Sectors like information technology, which is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than the broader market and contains growth stocks like the so-called FANG quartet of tech stocks, are seeing stretched valuations, said S&P Global portfolio manager Erin Gibbs. But value stocks remain at historically reasonable valuations.
"I think if we see investors switch from
Furthermore, stocks are forecasted to see double-digit earnings growth next year.
"For 18 months [out] we're looking solid, but we may suggest that investors want to switch from these very popular momentum stocks and start taking a look at
Improving economic growth, in addition to expectations of continued inflation, gives Morgan Stanley its cautiously bullish view.
"Synchronous self-sustaining growth, contained inflation and well-telegraphed, gradual withdrawal of policy should drive more animal spirits" in the second half of this year, wrote strategist Andrew Sheets.