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In their latest client note, Goldman strategists led by David Kostin noted that value shares will be more favored than cyclical stocks on a COVID-19 vaccine than cyclical stocks, per Bloomberg.

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“Value stocks tend to have short-duration cash flows, so will outperform as rates rise, while cyclicals and defensives have similar durations on average.”

“The consensus view of investors is cyclicals will outperform when a vaccine is identified.”

“However, the correlation of returns with the prospects for a vaccine suggest value rather than cyclicals is the better tactical expression of this view.”

“Vaccine catalysts may coincide with the upcoming US election, which may also provide a tailwind to value in the near term.”