ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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High Price-Earnings Ratio of Indian Stock-Market and Investment by Foreign Financial Institutions

This paper explores the high level of the price-earnings (P/E) ratie of the Indian stock market in the context of investments by foreign financial institutions. The measured P/E ratio may be high because of abnormally low earnings during 1991-92 and the high P/E ratios of foreign controlled enterprises. Even after adjusting for these two factors the P/E ratios is likely to be high relative to historical levels and relative to P/E ratios of other emerging markets. However, given its excellent diversification potential the Indian stock market may be attractive to foreign investors in spite of its high P/E ratio.

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