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eyeQ: UK housing - macro reality bites

interactive investor has teamed up with the experts at eyeQ who use artificial intelligence and their own smart machine to analyse macro conditions and generate actionable trading signals. This time it spots a stock that’s significantly overvalued.

13th June 2024 11:57

by Huw Roberts from eyeQ

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Crest Nicholson

Trading signal: long-term strategic model
Model value: 203.78p
Fair Value Gap: +15.37% premium to model value
Model relevance: 70% 

Data correct as at 13 June 2024. Please click glossary for explanation of terms.

We’ve had two critical bits of news on UK housing today.

The excellent Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors RICS report was released, and it suggests hopes of a recovery in UK property might be stalling. For the last six months the RICS price balance series has been rising. Surveyors became more busy as hopes of a Bank of England (BoE) rate cut started to feed through into lower mortgage rates and renewed movement in the property market. The latest number fell back once again - election uncertainty and less confidence that we’ll get rate cuts are seemingly hurting sentiment.

Then we got anecdotal evidence on the health of the housing market from property developer Crest Nicholson Holdings (LSE:CRST). Sadly, it wasn’t great news. First-half profit came in lower than expected, and was compounded by management cutting guidance for full-year earnings too.

The result was a sharp sell-off in the stock, which is now down 11.5% from the June highs.

The eyeQ machine is not surprised. At those June highs, Crest screened as 19.5% rich to overall macro conditions. Even with this recent sell-off, the stock still sits 15.4% above where the big picture stuff such as growth and inflation, the BoE’s policy stance say it should.

It is important to note the orange line is moving higher – macro conditions are getting better. It’s just that the rally of the last few months overshot fundamentals. Put another way, people got over-excited about BoE rate cuts and a bounce in the property market. Now the market is re-pricing the stock back down to macro reality.

All eyes are now on the Labour manifesto and whether their pledge to get Britain building again can bring in some good news.

eyeQ Crest Nicholson graph

Source: eyeQ. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Useful terminology:

Model value

Where our smart machine calculates that any stock market index, single stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF) should be priced (the fair value) given the overall macroeconomic environment.

Model (macro) relevance

How confident we are in the model value. The higher the number the better! Above 65% means the macro environment is critical, so any valuation signals carry strong weight. Below 65%, we deem that something other than macro is driving the price.

Fair Value Gap (FVG)

The difference between our model value (fair value) and where the price currently is. A positive Fair Value Gap means the security is above the model value, which we refer to as “rich”. A negative FVG means that it's cheap. The bigger the FVG, the bigger the dislocation and therefore a better entry level for trades.

Long Term model

This model looks at share prices over the last 12 months, captures the company’s relationship with growth, inflation, currency shifts, central bank policy etc and calculates our key results - model value, model relevance, Fair Value Gap.

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