Corbin Advisors Finds Investor Expectations for 2Q17 Earnings Remain Strong: Economic Momentum Real and Driving Sentiment While Fewer Classify Equities as Overvalued

  • Heading into 2Q17 earnings season, 85% of surveyed investors expect results to be in line to better than consensus, with 63% expecting sequential improvement
  • Expectations for improving EPS growth reach a five-year high, with executive tone perceived as the most upbeat in nearly three years
  • Investors not blinking yet: only 47% now consider equities overvalued, down from 67% in 1Q17 as economic momentum supported by positive management commentary drives views
  • Feedback indicates political instability and geopolitical volatility remain the most prominent concerns; more than one-third reveal dysfunction in D.C. is impacting investment decisions
  • Hopes for a U.S. corporate tax cut in 2017 are fading despite 92% indicating implementation would be positive for the economy; likelihood of passage in 2H17 plunged to 59% from 87% last quarter but could be a turbocharger if achieved

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HARTFORD, Conn.--()--Corbin Advisors, a specialized investor relations (IR) advisory firm, today released its quarterly Inside The Buy-side® Earnings Primer report, which captures trends in institutional investor sentiment. The survey is based on responses from 71 institutional investors and sell-side analysts globally.

Heading into 2Q17 earnings season, those expecting improved EPS growth register the highest since the firm began tracking the measure in 1Q12, driven by economic improvement and elevated executive tone. Notably, 80% describe management messaging as Neutral to Bullish or Bullish, up from 69% last quarter and 55% of investors now classify their sentiment as such, up from 48% in 1Q17.

Sentiment toward Europe continues to trend upward, building on last quarter’s momentum, as investors seemingly applaud Macron election and shrug off Brexit.

“Investors are playing catch up and are afraid to miss further upside; people are adjusting their valuation metrics higher,” commented Jade Rahmani, analyst at Keefe, Burette & Woods.

Our survey this quarter finds fewer investors believe U.S. equities are overvalued, a notable shift in sentiment, as participants have consistently maintained markets are frothy for the past four surveys, or a year. To that end, polled investors cite economic momentum, potential tax reform and low interest rate environment as the most significant drivers of the sustained U.S. bull market.

Importantly, 86% expect the Fed to raise interest rates again in 2017, the impact of which will take time to materialize. In addition, potential black swans loom on the horizon. More than half, or 55%, voice concern about U.S. political instability and D.C. dysfunction while the majority expect geopolitical volatility to remain at current levels or worsen over the next six months.

“Our research indicates investors are becoming more comfortable with valuations given evidence of real economic growth in the U.S. and Europe and largely remain committed to equities despite all major U.S. indices at or near all-time highs,” commented Rebecca Corbin, Founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors. Ms. Corbin added, “While most channel checks support cautious optimism, the U.S. political climate and ability to pass legislation lurk in the background and will essentially remain the ‘X factor.’”

Finally, investors continue to bet on Technology as the exponential impact on society continues to amplify, while Biotech bulls more than double from two quarters ago, largely driven by indications of deregulation. Bears remain generally consistent across sectors with Utilities leading the way and Energy seeing the most significant uptick in negative sentiment. Notably, downbeat sentiment on REITs ebbs slightly after four quarters of increasing negative perception.

Since 2006, Corbin Advisors has tracked investor sentiment on a quarterly basis. Access Inside The Buy-side® and other research on real-time investor sentiment, IR best practices and case studies at

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Release Summary

The majority of investors expect results to be in line to better than consensus; fewer investors now believe U.S. equities are overvalued.



Corbin Advisors
Bronwyn Swanson, 203-283-7997