Sunday, June 8, 2014

Stocks Could Easily Drop 10, 20 Percent

Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, remains bearish on U.S. stocks, seeing valuations as stretched.

"I don't regard this as a very healthy market," he told CNBC. "The U.S. market is in a very dicey position where it could easily drop 10, 20 percent."

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4.46 points, or 0.2 percent, to close Thursday at 1,892.49, within 1 percent of its record high. The index is up 2.4 percent for the year. The index' trailing price-earnings ratio registered 18 as of Friday, according to Birinyi Associates. That's above its historical average.

Faber isn't too enthusiastic when it comes to Treasurys either, saying there is "nothing attractive" about them.

The 10-year Treasury yield stood at 2.55 percent early Friday, after hitting a 6 ½-month low of 2.47 percent last week.

While acknowledging that U.S. stocks are "relatively expensive," he noted that Europe and emerging markets offered better value.

"If I were to buy equities I would rather go into emerging economies, but I don't think there is a hurry."

"I think we are bracing for a general asset deflation," Faber stated. "I think the system is still very vulnerable. I'm not predicting a complete collapse, because money printing can go on almost endlessly. But it will have unintended consequences."

- Source, Money News

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