These advantages have translated into substantial gains on the Tel Aviv Stock Market. The TA- 25 is priced near seven-year highs at about 14 times its one-year projected earnings. But that compares with multiples of about 17 times for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and 16 times the MSCI Europe Index.
At the same time, Interest rates, already low, may be cut further to prevent the currency’s recent gains from curbing exports and to boost the economy, which expanded at just 2.8% in 2014, the lowest pace in five years, but a better rate than in much of the developed world. The country’s high levels of innovation and openness may bode well for continued growth.
Market Realist – Israeli stocks appear attractive.
Israeli stocks (ISL) are trading at attractive valuations. The Tel Aviv 25 Index is trading at 15.7x its trailing-12-month earnings versus its long-term average of 17.7x. Developed market stocks (EFA) look less attractive. The S&P 500 index (VOO) is trading close to its long-term average of 16.7x earnings. Meanwhile, the MSCI Europe Index (IEV) is trading at 21.4x earnings, an 11% premium to its long-term average.
Israeli stocks (ISRA) in the tech sector look especially attractive.
It’s important to look at currency movements when you’re considering investing in global stocks. The Israeli shekel has been quite resilient over the last five years. It’s depreciated by a little over 8% against the dollar (UUP). The shekel has held up well, considering most emerging market (ABE) currencies have depreciated by 20% or more these past five years.
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This article was originally published for MarketViews by dianomi ltd
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