The current rally in stocks will lure investors into thinking the bear market is over, bu it’s still possible for the S&P 500 to slump another 26% next year, according to Morgan Stanley’s chief US equities strategist Mike Wilson.
The top portfolio strategist, according to Institutional Investor, spoke a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled rate hikes would slow as soon as this month.
“Powell’s commentary is right in line with what we’ve been saying, which is that they’re going to pause probably in January and the market is getting in front of that. This is a classic Fed pause stock market rally,” Wilson said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Thursday.
The Fed chief’s remarks led stocks to skyrocket on Wednesday, as tech and other growth stocks have been crashed by Fed rate hikes all year.
If the predictions are accurate, Nasdaq and other heavily-shorted stocks could lead the new market rally, but investors are still in a bear market, even if gains last through December, Wilson warned.