Why Do Some Investors Perceive This Market As Cheap?

Regular readers know I am not a fan of Forward P/E ratios as they are too easily gamed — plus, they always seem to miss a major turn or reversal. They also tend to justify a bad investment posture, i.e., Perma-Bullish.

Regardless, if you are scratching your head wondering why anyone is buying into stocks at these levels, this chart explains why some investors perceive the market as cheap (all data thru Q1 2010):

S&P 500 Operating Earnings, Forward P/E Ratio

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Source: Source: Standard and Poor’s, Compustat, FactSet, J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

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