2019 is nearly here, and that means it is time to roll out my ten predictions for the new year. As I did last year, I will start with number 10 and work our way up to number 1 over the final month of 2018. Enjoy!
Prediction #9 – Banks will be the worst performing sector of 2019
Banks stocks were supposed to the big winners of 2018 driven by higher interest rates and significant buybacks. But instead the banks stock as measured by the Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB) are down 8% on the year, and nearly 16% off thier January highs.
The bad news is that outlook for 2019 is looking worse as the big banks face a flattening yield curve, slowing home sales, and slowing earnings growth. All of this comes as with the banks trading at some of their highest valuations in years using a price to tangible book value.
The US 10-year yield is now below 3% at 2.95% as of December 4. Technical analysis suggests that yields have much further to fall, perhaps as low as 2.8%., and maybe as low as 2.6%.
That is causing the 10-year minus the 2-year yield curve to fall to just ten basis points and is getting close to inversion a big negative for the bank stocks.
Additionally, home sales are falling, and that is likely to hurt banks loan growth next year if that trend continues.
Additionally, the big banks such as JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Bank of America are trading at some of their highest price to tangible book values in years, and revision to the mean would likely mean these stock still have further to fall.
Earnings growth for these banks are expected to slow materially next year and the years to follow.
Should loan growth slow and the yield curve continue to flatten it is likely to cause those earnings to fall. In all, it makes the banks stocks the groups that may struggle the most in 2019 and Prediction #9 for 2019.
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