The 10 most outrageously priced stocks

April 22, 2015 10:30 AM

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There are 10 stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including industrial giant General Electric (GE), video-streamer Netflix (NFLX) and oil and gas explorer Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) that are trading for 100 times their diluted earnings the past 12 months excluding extraordinary items, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ. That’s even higher than the S&P 500’s 20.8 P-E.

Understanding stocks’ valuations is turning out to be nearly as important as weighting profit during first-quarter earnings season. Investors are using the first-quarter as a sort of gut check to determine if the escalating prices they’re paying for stocks are worth it – given the profitability of f...

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