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Finerman: Have Small Caps Capsized?

Have small caps capsized? Although small caps doubled the return of the S&P last year, Karen Finerman is watching their terrible underperformance.

Should you jump ship?

I think we might be looking at trouble in small caps, she says. At current valuations small caps are already pricing in a very dramatic US recovery. Take a look:

P/E Multiples
IndexToday Median Ratio
S&P 500 16 x 19x
Russell 2000 34x 29x


This is a very broad gap between the S&P and Russell, she explains. And it's bigger than its been historically in quite some time.

I’d much rather be in the large caps, she says. They provide geographic diversification, better balance sheets and better protection from downside.



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