Europe has a “leg up” over other regions, including the U.S. and emerging markets, as the global restart gathers pace, BlackRock strategists said.

BlackRock Investment Institute remained neutral on U.S. equities, citing “the risk of fading fiscal stimulus and election uncertainty,” and overweight on European stocks after upgrading the region in its midyear outlook, it said in a note earlier this week.

It said European stocks offered the “most attractive regional exposure” to a varying global reopening. A growth pickup would typically benefit emerging markets, it said, but in this instance Europe’s robust health infrastructure and policy response left it better placed.

New cases in Europe, which was once the epicenter of the virus, have gradually reduced from a peak in April, while infections in Latin America have risen, as shown in the chart below.

“Europe’s health capabilities and containment measures position the region well for a domestic recovery. European companies are also highly geared to an improvement in global trade and recovering Chinese economy,” global chief investment strategist Mike Pyle said.

“Importantly, the monetary and fiscal support to cushion the virus shock is stronger in Europe than in EM countries and Japan — and there is space and appetite for additional stimulus,” Pyle added.

Technology-focused Asian countries were showing early signs of a pickup in trade and could also benefit, he added.

European stocks climbed early on Tuesday after EU leaders agreed a €1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery package. The German DAX DAX, 1.57% turned positive for the year after the deal was struck.

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Author: Callum Keown

Source: Market Watch: Risks are mounting for U.S. stocks. Here’s where BlackRock says investors should look instead.

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