Small Caps lagged the S&P 500 by almost ten percentage points in 2014, but their underperformance streak technically dates back to April 2011. Nonetheless, their cumulative, 45-month underperformance in relation to the S&P 500 (now about –18%) is still modest enough that any mention of the current “Large Cap Leadership Cycle” is bound to draw a few head scratches.
BACK TO THE MEDIANS (1957 To Date): S&P 500 13% Downside
The S&P 500 gained 4.3% (price only) in February. Based on the 1957-to-date valuation metrics presented below, the S&P 500 has 13% downside to its historical average. The S&P Industrials (which excludes Utilities and Financials) now has 26% downside to reach mean valuation.
We still have been unable to get a satisfactory explanation from Standard & Poor’s of why and how they revised their Book Value calculation. The revisions were huge and had a significant impact on our valuation metrics.