February 12, 2019 / 10:09 AM / 4 months ago

Credit Suisse cuts global stocks to neutral

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

MILAN (Reuters) - Credit Suisse has cut its view on global stocks to neutral from overweight, saying a number of short-term risks including possible volatility linked to the Sino-U.S. trade talks and political tensions in Europe could put market gains at risk.

“In taking part of our year-to-date profits, we protect some of the strong gains achieved in January and create room for new opportunities,” said Michael Strobaek, Global Chief Investment Officer at the Swiss bank.

“While we continue to expect overall attractive total returns from global equities this year, we recognize certain mounting short-term risks,” he added in an emailed note on Tuesday.

Strobaek also noted that the year-to-date equity rally had been driven by a significant re-rating in share price valuations rather than an improvement in companies’ earnings prospects.

Reporting by Danilo Masoni; Editing by Catherine Evans

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