Mobius: Russian Stocks Offer Major Upside

Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, says that the Russian stock market provides investors with a tremendous value right now. Russian stocks are down 36 percent since the end of 2014, although they have rebounded and are up 20 percent so far in 2016. Still, Russian shares are trading at 0.67 price-to-book, which is more than 50 percent below the MSCI Emerging Markets index. Mobius says Russia has been hurt by two factors – the massive decline of oil and international sanctions. “Once sanctions are released, then the market is going to do very well,” he says. […]

Mobius: EM Selloff Temporary

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says he thinks the emerging market trouble that has seeped into the U.S. market a bit will be temporary, and will provide significant buying opportunities. Mobius tells CNBC that there’s “no good reason” for the EM declines, which appear to be the result of fears that money will flow out of EMs as the Federal Reserve tapers its quantitative easing program. He notes that emerging market central banks’ balance sheets in general remain far better than those of the U.S. and other developed markets. He does say that balance sheets of American corporations are very […]

Mobius Talks China, Ukraine, and EMs

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says he remains optimistic on China’s economy, and says other countries may begin adopting a Chinese type of system rather than a U.S. system. Mobius tells Bloomberg that the comparative ease with which China can get things done because of its one-party setup may appeal to many other countries. But he says the key common denominator in both the American and Chinese systems is a market economy. Mobius also talks about the impact that the talk of the Federal Reserve tapering its asset purchasing programs had on emerging markets, and why his firm is making […]

Mobius: Emerging Markets Still Look Good for Long Term

While emerging markets have taken their licks this summer, Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says the declines offer more of a buying opportunity than a sign of long term trouble for EMs. “At Templeton, we’ve repeatedly championed our value-driven philosophy by frequently buying at times others are most pessimistic,” Mobius recently wrote in commentary on Templeton’s website. “This is not easy to do, even for seasoned market veterans. During the past few months, emerging markets have been subject to such pessimism. These periods of short-term volatility are certainly not new to us, and don’t change our long-term conviction of the […]

Mobius: Don’t Wait To Buy Stocks

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says he remains high on China, despite the recent disappointing GDP report from the Asian giant. “The new administration in China is now just getting its game going,” Mobius tells CNBC. “Once they get going, you’re going to see a lot more investment taking place, a lot more activity in the right areas. … I think that growth engine is going to continue, and we’re very bullish on China.” Mobius also talks about some frontier markets he’s quite high on, including places in Africa and the Middle East. And he says he wouldn’t wait for further market […]

Mobius: China and Europe Fears Overwrought

Emerging markets guru Mark Mobius says he thinks people are too pessimistic on China and Europe. “If you look at independent statistics as related to China — for example, exports from the West, from Japan, from Germany to China — you will see that the growth rates are very healthy,” Mobius tells Fortune. He says the poor performance of the Chinese stock market this year is due in large part to a boom in initial public offerings, which draws money from the secondary market and leads to stocks underperforming. Mobius is also high on energy, particularly coal and oil, thanks […]

Mobius High on Coal

Templeton Emerging Markets Group’s Mark Mobius says he’s bullish on Chinese coal companies. “These companies are not only mining but also producing power and the demand for power is insatiable in China and everywhere else in the world,” Mobius tells Bloomberg. His funds currently hold shares of coal companies Shenhua, Yanzhou Coal Mining Co., and China Coal Energy Co. Chinese coal companies have been rebounding from their cheapest levels on record, Bloomberg reports, and Mobius thinks some may be ready to expand. “The slowdown that we’ve seen in global markets means there’s an opportunity for these companies to buy mines […]

Mobius Likes Eastern Europe, Africa, and Other Regions

Emerging markets guru Mark Mobius says he is finding global valuations “rather cheap”, and says he is finding a number of attractively priced stocks in Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and Africa. “Looking at companies around the world generally, we are finding that valuations look rather cheap right now,” Mobius says in an interview posted on Franklin Templeton’s website. “The price-earnings ratios of emerging markets averaged about 9.6 ( based on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index 12-month forward P/E), compared to a world index of 11.4 (based on the MSCI World Index 12-month forward P/E) and the U.S. average of 11.9 […]

Mobius on the Lure — and Risks — of Frontier Markets

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says a number of frontier markets across the globe are offering intriguing opportunities for investors — but that patience is a must for those who venture into these areas. “I view frontier markets as having tremendous potential for long-term investors, if — and this is a big ‘if’ — you are able to be patient and show some perseverance,” Mobius writes for South Africa’s MoneyWeb.co.za. “Just a few decades ago, China and India were considered frontier markets, and when I began my investment career Japan was considered an emerging market. So, you can see how […]

Mobius Talks Emerging Markets

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says emerging market stocks are in a “sweet spot” valuation-wise. Mobius tells Bloomberg that on average EM stocks are trading for just 10 times earnings, a very low figure when compared to historical norms. He says he’s particularly high on equities in China, Russia, Turkey, and Thailand, and African frontier markets. Mobius says he likes consumer and service stocks in China, and discusses why he thinks China isn’t headed for a hard landing.

Mobius Turns to Africa

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius is finding a good deal of value in a place not known for great investments: Africa. Mobius tells Investors Chronicle that he’s high on telecoms, natural resources and consumer products in Africa, and is particularly bullish on banking stocks. “Banking in Africa is growing at a torrential pace and provides an opportunity to get exposure to the consumer sector,” Mobius says. He adds that “we want to get exposure before the multinationals come in — in the more developed emerging markets you will notice that multinationals have already come in and grabbed a large market share, […]

Mobius Bullish on Europe

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says he is upping his exposure to European stocks, despite the continent’s lingering debt woes. “The stocks in the European countries have gone down excessively as a result of the bad news emanating from this crisis and we find good investment opportunities at bargain price and we are increasing the purchases of these stocks,” Mobius says, according to Bloomberg. Mobius adds that “we don’t think the crisis will last forever and the European economies will recover nicely, there will be much more fiscal disciple in one year or two”. He says he’s buying consumer-oriented stocks, […]

Mobius: Low Yields and Inflation Will Push Money Into Stocks

Templeton Asset Management’s Mark Mobius says that the combination of low-yielding fixed-income investments and looming inflation fears will have investors moving out of Treasurys and into stocks. “People are now beginning to realize that they cannot be sitting on bonds that are paying one, two or even three percent, when inflation is running higher than that,” Mobius tells CNBC, adding that investors will look to stocks instead. “If you look at equities of course, the yields are much, much greater than the bonds.” Mobius says Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has made it very clear that the Fed will continue […]