European Stocks May Outperform US in 2014

Ed Keon remains bullish on the U.S., and it’s hard not to after the S&P 500 rose more than 28 percent in the past year.

He just sees more “bang for your buck” in European equities because of lower valuations there and increased global competition as the international economic recovery shows signs of life. Keon, a managing director at Quantitative Management Associates, said Thursday that U.S. equities rose so much in the past year they made their counterparts in Europe and other developed markets look much cheaper on a risk-adjusted basis.

“We have been moving money toward Europe,” Keon said on “Squawk Box.” “We still have a very big position in the United States, but early in the year I thought the U.S. was basically a no-brainer. Earlier in the year we had a huge position there, and we have trimmed a little bit of that and moved towards Europe basically because of the valuation.”

Despite his change in positions, Keon appeared more bullish than most when it comes to economic recovery in the United States. He said to expect the economy to grow by 5 percent in some quarters next year.


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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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