Looking at the S&P 500’s Valuation

Thanks to the mini-pullback following the Japanese earthquake, the S&P 500 hit a closing low of 1,256.88 on March 16th, which is a P/E Ratio of 14.62.

In the chart below, the S&P 500 and its earnings are scaled at a ratio of 16-to-1 since 16 seems to be the best value for a long-term earnings multiple. We actually haven’t been as high as 16 since last May.

For 2010, the S&P 500’s earnings were $83.76 which was a 47% increase over 2009. For 2011, Wall Street’s current consensus is for earnings of $96.23. With a P/E Ratio of 16, that gives us a year-end possible target of 1,539.28. That’s a 17.5% rally from yesterday’s close.

Posted by on March 29th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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