Google/GOOG - stretched valuation...?
The funny thing about GOOG is that by some measures it is actually cheap relative to it's peers, eBay/EBAY and Yahoo/YHOO. Here are some numbers; (using Yahoo Finance figures):
Current Year's PE:
GOOG - 50.54
EBAY - 48.16
YHOO - 63.63
Next Year's PE:
GOOG - 39.7
EBAY - 37.6
YHOO - 49.68
On such measures as these, the three stocks are about equally valued. GOOG, however, is growing much faster than either EBAY or YHOO.
Year over Year growth in sales::
GOOG - 41.4%
EBAY - 27.1%
YHOO - 26.9%
So, applying the widely used ratio of EPS to growth rate (Growth Rate *100/EPS) you get:
GOOG - 1.22
EBAY - 1.78
YHOO - 2.37
Clearly on this basis the nod (for best value) goes to GOOG by a mile. And this ignores the fact that GOOG is considered much more likely to exceed their estimates by a wide margin than either EBAY or YHOO.
I will have more to say about Google/GOOG's valuation, and other matters, in my coming mega-post about Google, Googleplex.