The latest reading on the forward price-to-earnings ratio of S&P 500 companies is 17 (July 29, 2016), above its 5-year and 10-year averages, while the forward price-to-earnings ratio of the consumer staples sector is even “frothier” at nearly 21 times – yes, that’s the forward 12 month price-to-earnings ratio, which assumes bottom-line growth.
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