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Cheap stocks aren't easy to find

It would be prudent to pick stocks trading at much lower valuations than the market average

Devangshu Datta 

Devangshu Datta Equity valuation is a game, not a science and what’s more, it has shifting goalposts. When sentiment is strong, valuations are optimistic. Absurdities are justified by tweaking timeframes and assumptions. When sentiment is weak, undervalued stocks with good prospects are shunned. Right now, sentiment is strong. The National Stock Exchange’s Nifty is running at a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 25-plus. The mid-cap indices are running at a PE of 30-plus. These are exceedingly high valuations in historical terms and justified by assertions that earnings will pick up in the second ...

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First Published: Sun, August 27 2017. 22:25 IST
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