Fund Managers Warn of Overvalued UK Stocks

Fund managers from Evenlode, Jupiter Asset Management and Franklin Templeton give their views on the UK stock market outlook for 2017

Emma Wall 3 January, 2017 | 10:48AM
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Colin Morton, Franklin UK Equity Income

Many large caps are at the highest valuation levels that I have seen in my career, trading on price-to-earnings ratios that would normally make investors cautious. With alternative sources of returns, such as traditional bonds, looking so unattractive, it is understandable why investor behaviour has driven UK equity valuations higher. For some, these large caps offer perceived safety because of their solid pricing and powerful earnings.

Equally, with these companies able to borrow at historically low interest rates, many seem to be putting their faith in the ability of these large caps to grow their dividends. We are seeing stocks that we would consider reliable cash generators trading at P/E ratios of around 20, which some investors might consider too richly valued in normal conditions, but nonetheless these stocks have been the drivers of overall market returns.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Franklin UK Equity Income W Acc2.30 GBP0.17Rating
Jupiter UK Growth L Inc253.52 GBP0.55Rating

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar