The current S&P 500 P/E ratio is 26.57 (as of 2/24/17, end of day) – to compare with a mean P/E of 15.64 and median of 14.65 (sample data since 1870). Stocks are quite expensive – but we are NOT in a bubble, not yet anyhow, although we’re getting closer…
Current S&P 500 PE Ratio: 26.57 +0.04 (0.15%)
(4:10 pm EST, Fri Feb 24)
Price to earnings ratio, based on trailing twelve month “as reported” earnings.
Current PE is estimated from latest reported earnings and current market price.
No matter what – US rate hikes, global growth concerns, the volatility of oil and other commodities, Russia and China’s military ambitions, cybersecurity threats, terrorist attacks, etc. – great companies will continue to thrive. If you are a long-term investor, buy opportunities are out there. Examples? Some energy issues (despite the sector’s recent advance) are still reasonably priced. No wonder Warren Buffett a few months back added to his Phillips 66 (PSX) holdings (at a price close to current ones). Some biotech and healthcare issues seem to present investors with long-term appreciation potential. Think McKesson Corporation (MCK), Biogen (BIIB) (An insider bought a massive amount of BIIB on 10/22 and 10/23/2015; shares still trade in the vicinity), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD), Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), AbbVie Inc (ABBV), Mallinckrodt PLC (MNK), Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALXN), and a few others. Financials may need to consolidate after their recent advance, but some retailers may also offer value. Think Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), J C Penney Company Inc (JCP), Macy’s, Inc. (M); just beware of value traps. Casino equities led by Wynn Resorts (WYNN) (which has consolidated over the past few months) may restart to outperform (after underperforming for years). Also intriguing at current valuations: Icahn Enterprises LP (IEP) (Carl Icahn just bought more…), Twitter Inc (TWTR) (Jack Dorsey added to his stake), Stericycle Inc (SRCL), and Transocean LTD (RIG). Please, see below and our daily updates for insiders and hedge funds’ takes and many more ideas…
Updated at 3:22 pm EST, February 25, 2017