According to Yahoo Finance contributor, Brian Lund, the Nasdaq rose 774% in the 90's. And while that by itself is a spectacular rise, certain individual stocks had runs that were simply obscene:
Yesterday's Financial Times ran a helpful comparison of today's Nasdaq at 5,000 versus the index hitting that level in 2000. A lot has changed in 15 years. One of the biggest differences is the valuations of the top 10 stocks in the index. Today's valuations are much more in line with historical norms which gives the market, in our eyes, a far better chance of continuing higher versus the extremely overvalued levels of the dot-com era.
While speculation is a constant presence in any market, it's when it turns excessive that boom and bust cycles occur. You're likely to find a stock or sector showing extremes on any given day but the chart below shows just how different the Nasdaq is now. You could make a case that certain biotechs and perhaps Private Equity (Uber?) are showing similarities to the 90's dot-com bubbly characteristics but that argument is for another day.
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|Source: Factset; Bloomberg; Barrons; BTIG LLC|
The current trailing price to earnings ratio for the Nasdaq stands at 22 times. Meanwhile, its p/e peaked at an insane 72 times during dot-com fever and stood at 64 times when the benchmark previously visited 5,000.