I hereby invoke Bob Farrell’s Rule #9: When all the experts and forecasts agree — something else is going to happen.

Let’s look at the forecasted year-end 2010 levels for the S&P500 and S&P500 earnings:


Firm Strategist 2010 Close 2010 EPS
Bank of America David Bianco 1275 73
Bank of Montreal Ben Joyce 71
Barclays Barry Knapp 1120 66
Citigroup Tobias Levkovich 1150 72.5
Credit Suisse Andrew Garthwaite 1125 76
Deutsche Bank Binky Chada 1260 77.8
Goldman Sachs David Kostin 1250 76
JP Morgan Thomas Lee 1300 80
Morgan Stanley Jason Todd 70
Oppenheimer Brian Belski 1300 70
RBC Myles Zyblock 1200 72
UBS Thomas Doerflinger 1250 80
Mean 1223 $73.69
Median 1250 $72.75
High 1300 $80.00
Low 1120 $66.00

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18 Responses to “Time Capsule Post (2010 Forecasts) — Open One Year Hence”

  1. super_trooper says:

    Dude! what am I looking at??
    Are there units to the numbers? What’s EPS?
    And who is Bob?

    Is this turning into a geek blog?

  2. I’ll update above . . .

    (You mean this hasn’t been a geek blog? WTF was I thinking!?!)

  3. what happened to last year’s “Forecasts”?

    always nice to ‘compare and contrast’..

    also, are any of these geniuses forecasting Interest Rates? ForEx valuations? Commodity Prices?

  4. BThomas says:

    You left our Rosie! He would pull the who average down by at least 50 points.

    Moreover, what do you think Barry? What’s your target?

  5. constantnormal says:

    soooooo … I guess this means we can expect the S&P to close out 2010 at 1500?

  6. constantnormal says:

    I love the fact that there is only a slim difference — about 14%-15% between the anticipated high and low, or about 7% above and below the mean — have these folks no imagination?

    Why not just put the same numbers for the high and low?

    That’s an awful lot of reliance on “managed” markets.

  7. constantnormal says:

    And how much do these guys get paid to do this?

  8. Thatguy says:

    The high, low, median, and mean forecasts all turn out with a PE somewhere between 16 and 17. How is that multiple justified in an economy with anemic employment, massive government supports that will end and only one direction left for interest rates to go? I realize that these are “only” fundamental questions, but it really gives me pause. I guess it goes back to constantnormal’s reference to “managed markets”.

  9. ToNYC says:

    Are these Es in the EPS based on their paying back the TARP with mark-to-model toxic waste so blessed so they can save the real cash to pay cowboys and continue the Thelma and Louise playbook?

  10. catman says:

    This is the talent we are always hearing about that must be paid boatloads of money or they will debark leaving our nation and the world adrift?

  11. Mannwich says:

    All together now! EPS estimates seem a bit high, no?

  12. Andy T says:

    I like how all the forecasts are higher…talk about herding.

  13. d4winds says:

    re “When all the experts and forecasts agree — something else is going to happen.”

    So funny–and so true!

  14. phb says:

    maybe its the point, but those are all Sell-side guys, what’s the Buy-side fraternity say?

  15. tagyoureit says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is, I get the same result simply by recycling 2005 Operating Earnings (bottom up).

    12/31/2005 1248.29 $20.19
    09/30/2005 1228.81 $18.84
    06/30/2005 1191.33 $19.42
    03/31/2005 1180.59 $18.00

    Things are just as they were five years ago. ;)
    Don’t sweat the bailouts, unemployment or the value of the dollar.

    www2.standardandpoors.com/spf/xls/index/SP500EPSEST.XLS

  16. some_guy_in_a_cube says:

    Predictions are fun, but useless.

  17. leftback says:

    Multiple Contraction is notably absent from these predictions… all these guys have P/E values between 15-20.
    As BR has pointed out, most bear markets end with single digit P/E ratios, and we haven’t been there yet.

    Another ratio LB likes to monitor is the following ratio. SPX dividend yield (2.1) v. the 10y yield (3.47). So that’s about 0.60. Last February this was 6.0/2.50 or so, or in excess of 2. Keep your eye on this measure.

    High end housing is going to crumble in 2010, negative equity is going to be extreme for the homeowners, the remaining builders and the bag-holders for these instruments (regional banks and insurance companies who hold mortgages or prime MBS) are holders of US high yield debt and equities. Can you say liquidation?

    Anyone want to bet that 2010 EPS will be higher than 2010 peak VIX?

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