The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index may rise 17 percent to 1,000 in the next three months as government spending boosts bank profits, investor Marc Faber said.
“You have essentially a government that gives financials free money at the expense of the taxpayer,” Faber said. “With this free money, they may actually have decent earnings in the near future.”
Banks in the S&P 500 are forecast to post an 86 percent drop in first-quarter earnings, according to analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Profits are projected to fall 57 percent in the second quarter and 52 percent in the third before rebounding 277 percent in the year’s last three months. (more)