Slap your best-guess multiple (trend growth?, slow growth?, no growth? contraction?) on 2012 EPS estimates and decide for yourself where fair value is for the S&P.  Of course, beware Farrell’s Rule #9.  Set an alert to revisit this post one year hence.

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6 Responses to “The 2012 Crystal Ball”

  1. AHodge says:

    i will bet even money right now the eventually reported will fall outside the high and the low forecast?
    but these include non-operating profits—incl capital gains and losses
    if financials actually took the losses
    this could be a third less than the mean or worse

  2. AHodge says:

    and except for one outlier the range is 102 to 108
    what complete total tools and losers
    i will bet against whatever range for end 2012 they are published on whatever stock
    forecasts dont hurt— but everyone massively underestimates the vol and risk

  3. AHodge says:

    year and half stock prices is BS for retail customers
    or folks who should and may soon be retail

  4. klhoughton says:

    Love that 40%+ S&P appreciation bet from a bank that continually tries to bet on the US market and has so far made the Japanese banks look as if they are great investors.

    And there’s a kink in the curve [1600 = 5.7, 1650 =3.80 1700 = 6.70 1750=3.80] right now, so maybe they’re even betting that way. Either that, or someone believes them.

    Time to sell some 1700s and buy some 1650s.

  5. ashpelham2 says:

    The main thing that any idiot with a business or economics degree ought to be able to do is learn that economic predictions are a waste of time. EPS can be manipulated, forecasts are always revised, and there are too many variables that are gyrating wildly to be able to make a solid prediction for the future.

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