Stocks could have a ‘melt-up’ from here, BlackRock’s Larry Fink says


    The rally in global equities may have further to go as more money jumps back into the market, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said Tuesday.

    The iShares MSCI ACWI exchange-traded fund, which tracks global stocks, is up more than 15% this year. In the U.S., the S&P 500 has rallied nearly 16% through Monday’s close and is within 1.5% of an all-time high set in late September.

    Stocks benefited this year from apparent progress in U.S.-China trade talks and a recalibration of global monetary-policy expectations.

    The Federal Reserve slashed down its rate projections to reflect no hikes in 2019. The U.S. central bank also indicated it will end its balance-sheet reduction process earlier than expected. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank pushed back plans for future rate hikes. It also announced last month it will issue cheap loans to banks in the region.

    “Many people thought we were going to be in a period of rising rates. We were not and we saw huge underinvestment and people had to rush into fixed income,” Fink said. “We have not seen that in equities yet.”

    Fink added that, with central banks being “more dovish than ever … there is a shortage of good assets” for investors, which could ignite the melt-up in the global equity market.

    Fink’s comments follow the release of better-than-expected earnings from BlackRock. However, the company’s overall revenue missed expectations as it fell 7% on a year-over-year basis. Shares fell about 0.6 percent in premarket trading.

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