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P/E ratio for valuing firms

Many experts suggest that the PE ratio is an obsolete way to value firms.
Why do they say that and what alternatives exist?

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There are many limitations associated with using P/E ratio for valuing firms, such as:

-- Earnings Manipulation -- Companies often use a variety of accounting techniques to alter their reported net income. As a result, the reported earnings figures we read about are often not entirely representative of a company's true financial situation. Since net income is a critical component of a firm's P/E ratio, manipulated earnings can lead to misleading P/E data.

-- Industry Differences -- Different industries typically have different historical growth rates, risk levels, etc... and hence different average P/E ratios. Thus, stocks that may appear cheap in one industry may look expensive when stacked up against another. For ...

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Many experts suggest that the PE ratio is an obsolete way to value firms.

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