Stock Market Valuation

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S&P 500 Sales & Earnings update

As Q3 Earnings season winds down, we provide a quick update on how the various sectors fared on Sales and EPS results. 91% of S&P 500 companies have already reported, so at this point we have a pretty good indication of how things are going to settle out. Overall, the quarter was pretty impressive with 55% of companies beating Sales estimates and 76% of companies beating Earnings estimates. The standouts on both Sales and Earnings were Technology and Financials, with 91% of Tech companies beating Earnings estimates and 84% of Financials beating Earnings estimates. The laggards were Telecom Services and Materials on both Sales and Earnings. See below a table which ranks the sectors from best to worst on both Sales (left) and Earnings

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Of valuations

Not that I want to be the one spinning anything in equities at this point as positive, but, if you look at S&P valuations(courtesy bloomberg) based upon two particular metrics, you find that on a price/book AND a price/cash flow(trailing) you do NOT find overvaluation. In fact, if you consider the price/cashflow metric alone, it appears relatively inexpensive. Next, if you look at both trailing PE and estimated PE, the valuation falls into a mid range. But, this is NOT the case if you look at trailing Price/ebitda. In this case, it shows extreme overvaluation. One last thought, especially as it relates to the P/Book ratio, this metric seems at odds with the continued profit margin strength.

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