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Chart of the Week

STOCK VALUATION: THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWNDRAFT

Source: Bloomberg, October 12, 2018. *Forward P/E values are based on Bloomberg Estimates Earnings Per Share. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indexes are unmanaged, and not available for direct investment. Index returns do not include fees or sales charges. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the performance of an actual investment.

Market Snapshot

Today's challenge: Markets vs. economics

Last week's markets left investors looking to economics for clues; Italy faced up to the EU; China's trade surplus ballooned


Featured Insights

Investment Insights
Sep 06
Investment Insights

Recession Indicators Update: Money Supply

September 06, 2018

Economic conditions are shifting, but the ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard still points to expansion rather than recession.

Market Outlook
Aug 29
Market Outlook

What Could Go Right in International Stocks

August 29, 2018

Concerns about economic growth and geopolitical risks have weighed on international markets, but a softening of U.S.-China trade rhetoric and weakening dollar could spark a new wave of outperformance.

Market Outlook
Aug 02
Market Outlook

Drug Stocks: Starved for Capital

August 02, 2018

Fears that drug pricing will collapse have pushed many investors away from this sector, yet we see drug spending becoming less, not more, of an issue going forward: given current valuation levels, the potential for stronger returns is very real.

Investment Insights
Aug 02
Investment Insights

ESG: Conservation can create capital

August 02, 2018

Water conservation and stewardship initiatives are helping companies from manufacturing to consumer goods to gain competitive advantages and manage future risks.

Market Outlook
Jul 16
Market Outlook

Dissecting International Signals

July 16, 2018

The contrast between current economic momentum and monetary policy in the U.S. versus the rest of the world has led to lower valuations in international and emerging markets (EM) stocks -- but a change could be coming soon.

Market Outlook
Jun 29
Market Outlook

U.S. Equities

Beyond the Wall of Worry

June 29, 2018

Though trade war tensions could sidetrack investors, history suggests markets should rally after midterm elections -- with recession risks low going into Trump's third year in office.

Investment Insights
Jun 17
Investment Insights

Media Stocks: The New M&A Landscape

June 17, 2018

The green light just given to the AT&T/Time Warner merger underscores the changing dynamics at work in the rapidly consolidating media sector.

Market Outlook
May 30
Market Outlook

Uncertainty Weighs on Italian Banks

May 30, 2018

Italy’s failure to form a government has caused bond spreads to widen sharply and could cause the ECB to delay its rate tightening plans. If so, that could pressure many European financial stocks and make the outlook for bank earnings growth much less bullish.

Investment Insights
May 21
Investment Insights

U.S. Equities

Could Value Catch Momentum?

May 21, 2018

Investors have been gravitating toward stocks with price momentum, but higher interest rates should foster more diversity -- with value getting greater consideration as a driver of equity selection.

Investment Insights
May 02
Investment Insights

Could The Tariff Skirmish Have a Silver Lining?

May 02, 2018

Trump’s antagonistic approach to redefining U.S. trade relationships is creating challenges now, but could eventually lead to a “trade peace” that expands global commerce.

Market Outlook
May 02
Market Outlook

U.S. Economy: Keep on Trucking

May 02, 2018

Our Recession Risk Dashboard continues to signal that the likelihood of a pullback in the next 12 months is low -- a view supported by recent data on the volume of freight shipped via trucks.

Investment Insights
Apr 24
Investment Insights

ESG: Making an Impact

April 24, 2018

ClearBridge has been and continues to be a leader in incorporating ESG into its investment process, as well as in working with companies to generate direct impact on ESG-related issues.

Market Outlook
Apr 03
Market Outlook

Diversifying Risk in International Stocks

April 03, 2018

International stocks are gaining traction with investors -- but passive strategies may not be the best guide to opportunity. ClearBridge's Eliza Mazen explains why an active approach to diversifying international growth stocks may make more sense.

Market Outlook
Apr 02
Market Outlook

The Long View

Stocks: Perspective on the Pullback

April 02, 2018

None of the catalysts behind the recent pullback have changed the larger backdrop for the market. Fundamentals remain solid, and we believe the current pullback has largely run its course.

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