Brokerage Morgan Stanley on Monday warned that lofty U.S. equity valuations could be questioned by investors if aggressive fiscal spending is curtailed after the downgrade of sovereign debt by ratings agency Fitch last week.
MS equity strategist Michael J Wilson noted that massive fiscal stimulus, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic since its outbreak in 2020, allowed the U.S. economy to grow faster than forecast.
This resilience in the face of rapid interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve has seen some Wall Street strategists chalking in a continued rally for some U.S. stocks.
The S&P 500 (.SPX) has already gained 17.2% so far this year, thanks to a handful of technology stocks that have ridden AI prospects high.
As bonds – which fund the government’s spending – sold off last week, there are bound to be repercussions.
“Investors will to call into question equity valuations, which were already high before the recent rise in yields,” Wilson said in a weekend note.