Thursday, July 17, 2008

Value To Be Had In Europe

From Buttonwood:

Another measure that could make shares attractive is a single-digit price/earnings ratio. Higher inflation tends to drive down p/es, because it leads to more volatile economic conditions. Investors may also be worried that profits are high, relative to GDP, and are thus due for a fall.

But single-digit p/es would compensate investors for those risks. Flip the ratio around and you have the earnings yield, the percentage of the share price that is represented by profits. If the p/e is in single digits, the earnings yield is above 10%. On the latest data, a number of European markets, including Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden fall into this category; with the DAX on a p/e of 10.6, Germany is not that far away. (Wall Street, by contrast, has still a fair amount to fall on this measure.)

There's value to be had in Europe, mates. Arrr

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