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Equity Market Pulse: Q4 2014

Equity Market Pulse - Quarterly Equity Market Insights: Q4 2014

Driven by S&P Capital IQ’s™ proprietary data and analytics, Equity Market Pulse provides professional investors with insights into global equity market fundamentals and performance at a glance. It provides perspective on valuations, operating efficiency, and investment strategy effectiveness.

Highlights of the issue include:

  • The S&P 500 continues to be the preeminent regional performer in terms of both financial results and price appreciation.
  • Investor preference for developed markets continues, as developed markets show rising P/E multiples versus the emerging markets on much stronger financial performance.
  • Emerging markets appear cheap on a valuation-to-projected-growth basis, with forward P/E to earnings growth (PEG) ratios of less than half those of developed market average.
  • S&P Capital IQ's factor Alpha Factor Library results show fundamental-based investment strategies consistently underperforming YTD.
  • Japan is showing improvement in net profit margin growth and sales volume, as well as a decrease in stock price volatility.

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