By James Yeo //
December 24, 2016

Market Indices P/E (Price to Earnings) Ratio for Asia Stock Exchanges

Every month, I like to do a simple tabulation of the P/E ratios in Asia’s markets. It helps me to gauge how cheap/expensive the stock markets are right now and also to compare against the stocks’ P/E ratio on a basic level.

Things to zoom into for the 2 tables below are:

  1. Symbol – You would be able to see 8 different markets in Asia with the descriptions. Examples include Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) and Straits Times Index (STI).
  2. Last Price – It refers to the last price when it is trading at.
  3. 52 week range – You can literally find out where the market sits at within the 52 week range, whether its near a 52 week low or high!
  4. Estimated P/E ratio (ttm) – In case you don’t know, ‘ttm’ means trailing twelve months. It’s also easy to compare the P/E ratios across the various markets!
  5. Estimated P/B ratio (mrq) – ‘mrq’ cites most recent quarter. While P/B ratio is lesser used for stock indices, it serves as a simple measure if the markets are cheap/expensive.

Monthly Update: Dec 2016

Stock Indices 52 wk Range
Stock Indices P/E ratio

The KLCI is currently trading close to its 52 week low. However, its P/E ratio at 16.2 is not comparatively cheaper than that of STI and HIS at 12.2 and 12 respectively. Same goes for the PCOMP.

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