With the markets soaring to record highs yet again on Wednesday, 17th May 2017, India is now the world’s most expensive market. At a lifetime high of 30,658.77, the benchmark Sensex trades at a price-earnings multiple of nearly 18 times estimated one year forward earnings. India’s market capitalisation hit $2 trillion on Wednesday for the first time ever.
The S&P 500, which closed Tuesday’s session at 2,400.67, is a shade less expensive than India, trading at 17.60 times, while the Japanese Nikkei, at 19,814.88, trades at 17.1 times. Both foreign portfolio investors and domestic institutions have been big buyers of Indian equities in 2017; between January and now, FPIs have pumped in close to $6.8 billion into equities while domestic funds have bought stocks worth $1.82 billion.
According to market watchers, while corporate earnings may not have rebounded as fast as earlier anticipated, there is the promise of the government stepping up expenditure in the last two years of its tenure and thereby giving growth a boost.