A Wall Street strategist who foresaw the U.S. stock-market rally in the first half of the year now sees stocks treading water through the end of 2023, unlikely to extend the previous momentum until at least April 2024. Barry Bannister, chief equity strategist at Stifel, extended his 4,400 target for the S&P 500
to April 2024 from the end of this year, as higher interest rates could pressure corporate earnings, weighing on stock prices, he said.
“We believe the rally off the Oct. 2022 lows is over, and our view since summer 2023 has been a sideways trading range,” Bannister said in a Monday note. “The updated view is that we now believe our year-end 2023 target of 4,400 applies through Apr. 30, 2024.” Bannister was one of the few Wall Street strategists who correctly anticipated the U.S. stock-market rally in the first half of 2023. He also said economic risk for equities will rise in late 2023 as stock gains would stall in the second half of the year. He set his 4,400 year-end target for the S&P 500 in May, a roughly 4.3% advance from Monday’s close of 4,217.04, according to FactSet data. “We traded the relief rally [in early 2023], turned neutral in summer 2023 and discouraged bullishness before the third quarter of 2023,” Bannister said. He said he thinks a new record-high for the S&P 500 by year-end 2023, as some of the most bullish strategists on Wall Street have projected, is “exceptionally unlikely.” See: S&P 500 has another high 2023 price target. Here’s a look at Wall Str …