Large Cap Value and Small Cap Growth finally joined the rest of the segments in positive territory for the YTD. With the market rally, Value stocks are now significantly overvalued on a historical basis.
After a handful of failed attempts to breach the 2,130 closing mark set in May of 2015, the S&P 500 finally set a batch of new all-time highs in July. Alphabet +12%, Microsoft +11% and Apple +9% added more than $142B to their market caps.
With the last month of Q1 2016 earnings reports in the books, the Up/Down Ratio sports a final reading of 1.07. This matches our Q4 2015 figure but is still the lowest level see over the last 24 quarters.
Small Caps are selling at a 5% relative valuation discount using non-normalized trailing operating earnings. In the last two years, this forward estimate increased the Large Cap P/E ratio from 16.4 to 18.4, while the Small Cap measure shrunk from 20.2 to 17.4.
After all the hoopla about the Chinese downturn, plunging oil, an impending recession, the widening of spreads, a Trump presidency and Brexit, the S&P 500 posted two quarterly gains of 1% and 2%, respectively.
The dark days of January and February seem but a distant memory. After three positive performance months in a row, the S&P 500 closed out May within spitting distance (1.6%) of its all-time high set almost exactly one year ago.