Sunday , 22 October 2017


The U.S. Stock Market Is Overvalued By More Than 50%! Here’s Why

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Key stock indices are becoming significantly overpriced. The value of the U.S. stock market stands at about 133% of GDP. The average for the past 60 years has been around 82%. By this measure, the U.S. stock market is overvalued by more than 50%! Words: 398

So writes Michael Lombardi (www.ProfitConfidential.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled Stock Market Overpriced by 50%?

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Lombardi goes on to say in further edited excerpts

As the key stock indices approach highs not seen since just before the financial crisis, the underlying fundamentals are screaming “watch out.” The stock market could be edging higher on nothing but false optimism and greed.

The most basic reason for any stock market rally [is] corporate earnings [and] they are declining as the key stock indices inch higher. The bellwether stocks are flashing warning signals.

  • The corporate earnings growth rate for S&P 500 companies in the first quarter of this year was forecast at 5.1% in September of 2012. In December, the forecast declined to a corporate earnings growth of 2.4%. Now, according to FactSet, the corporate earnings growth rate for the first quarter of 2013 stands at -0.04%. (Source: FactSet, February 15, 2013.)
  • Companies…are showing better corporate earnings by cutting costs and buying back shares, as opposed to increasing revenues. In the fourth quarter of 2012, employee compensation (wages) only accounted for 54.7% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)—the lowest level since 1955. (Source: Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2013.)

Key stock indices are becoming significantly overpriced. The value of the U.S. stock market stands at about 133% of GDP. The average for the past 60 years has been around 82%. By this measure, the U.S. stock market is overvalued by more than 50%!

With all this, the question still remains, where are key stock indices headed next? I’m in the camp that believes that:

will limit the upside potential for stocks. In fact, I think a major top is being put in place for the market.

Conclusion

While the mainstream focuses on the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios of companies on the key stock indices, I am more focused on the demand side and the ability of corporate America to earn money in the future. The truth is that the fundamental reasons for this stock market rally are deteriorating daily. Time will certainly tell us more, but remaining cautious seems to be a good option for investors right now.

Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.

*http://www.profitconfidential.com/stock-market/stock-market-overpriced-by-50/ (Written by: Michael Lombardi; Copyright © 2012 Lombardi Publishing Corporation)

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