Monday , 20 May 2024

P/E Ratio of S&P 500 at 9 Month Low! Is It Time to Buy?

S&P 500 of 1,891 Coming in 2012?

[One look at the P/E ratio of the S&P 500 these days clearly suggests that] the  market is overly worried about the future. Put it this way: [were one to] apply the S&P 500 average earnings multiple of 16.94 from 2004 through 2007 to Wall Street’s earnings forecast for 2012 would give us an S&P 500 of 1,891! Words: 400

 So says Eddy Elfenbein ( in an excerpt from an article* which Lorimer Wilson, editor of  (It’s all about Money!), has further edited ([  ]), abridged (…) and  reformatted below  for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.  Elfenbein goes on to say:

[In] looking at the P/E Ratio for the S&P 500 going back to last June [in the chart below it is apparent that] the market’s P/E is the lowest it’s been in nine months.

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The market’s rally hasn’t been due to higher multiples, but mostly by earnings. In fact, at 14.22 times earnings, the market’s earnings multiple is still fairly modest. Put it this way, the S&P 500 averaged an earnings multiple of 16.94 from 2004 through 2007. Applying that multiple to Wall Street’s earnings forecast for 2012, gives us an S&P 500 of 1,891. There’s a lot of ifs involved in reaching that number, but I wouldn’t say that they’re unreasonable.

The market continues to be overly worried about the future.


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