Russia has decided that it wants to invade Ukraine, adding a log to the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict fire — as if the stock market needed something else to shake things up. And while an invasion hasn’t yet happened, intelligence reports indicate that it will likely happen this week.
Unsurprisingly, ever since news of the invasion broke last Friday, stocks have been spiraling lower. But history says that this could be a great time to buy the dip!
I know — sounds crazy. How can geopolitical conflict be good for the stock market?
Well, these conflicts don’t drive stock prices. Valuation multiples and earnings do. And, historically speaking, geopolitical struggles don’t have much impact on either!
Since 1940, tensions like this — like an impending Russo-Ukrainian war — have resulted in an average drawdown of just 4.6% in the S&P 500 over a 20-day stretch. That’s nothing. Since 1950, the market has averaged about three 5% pullbacks per year. So these geopolitical conflicts fall under the category of “run-of-the-mill pullbacks that are just good buying opportunities.”
That’s especially true if you look back on big geopolitical clashes, like Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 attacks. Both of those were direct assaults on U.S. soil. But a Russo-Ukrainian conflict is far from that. So excluding those events, you’re talking about an average drawdown in the market — fueled by foreign geopolitical issues — of just 3.5%.
Where are we in the current selloff? Well, news of an impending invasion really hit the tape around 1pm EST on Friday afternoon. The S&P 500 was trading at 4,480 at the time. Since then, it’s dropped 2.4%.
Basically, we’re almost at what would be considered a historically “normal” pullback in markets from an offshore geopolitical conflict already.
Time to buy the dip? You bet.
Don’t Fear Russo-Ukrainian Tension; Buy the Dip
We’re about three-fourths of the way through the fourth quarter earnings season. And thus far, the numbers have been great. Nearly 80% of companies have reported earnings above estimates. Roughly the same percentage have reported revenues above estimates. And the composite earnings growth rate to date is over 30%.
Those are some solid numbers. And we still have another few weeks to go!
During that time, we believe stocks will rally. Geopolitical fears will fade. Earnings optimism will take center stage. Stocks will move higher.
Therefore, we see the current selloff as a solid opportunity — especially in tech stocks because they’re crushing it on the earnings front this season.
To date, tech companies are reporting over 13% revenue growth this quarter, on average, alongside 22% earnings growth.
Those strong numbers are converging on some pretty depressed valuations across the sector, setting the stage for some big rallies in tech stocks.
We think there are several more mega-rallies to come in tech stocks over the next few weeks. And that’s why we’re pounding on the table about them right now!
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On the date of publication, Luke Lango did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.