By |Published On: February 4th, 2015|Categories: Value Investing Research|

Last week, Wes had a short post entitled, Where are the Cheap Firms?

The post showed that when we look at the cheapest stocks in the U.S. stock market, we see that a few industries predominate today, notably energy (mostly oil-related) and consumer discretionary.

We wondered what things looked like in developed international markets, but at a country level. That is, when we look at the cheapest stocks available worldwide, in which countries will we find the cheapest stocks?

First, what does the universe look like? We examine 1035 securities that are deep and liquid in the developed markets:

It is worth noting that Japan has many more tradeable stocks than many of these other countries.

Country weigths based on stock-selection using EBIT/TEV:

Norway, with a 6% weight, actually has a higher EBIT/EV yield (at 20.22%) in its cheapest decile than Japan (at 14.69%), it has many fewer stocks, and so receives a lower allocation versus Japan’s 55% weight. In general, the world’s cheap stocks reside in Japan.

How about another valuation metric? P/E:

A different story here: Japan has a huge weight, but Hong Kong plays a much bigger role.

What is “cheap” depends on how you define cheapness. However, some interesting bargain hunting can be found in Japan, Norway, and Hong Kong.

Good luck!

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About the Author: David Foulke

David Foulke
David Foulke is an operations manager at Tradingfront, Inc., a provider of automated digital wealth management solutions. Previously, he was at Alpha Architect, where he focused on business development, firm operations, and blogging on quantitative investing and finance topics. Prior to Alpha Architect, he was involved in investing and strategy at Pardee Resources Company, a manager of natural resource and renewable assets. Prior to Pardee, he worked in investment banking and capital markets roles at several firms in the financial services industry, including Houlihan Lokey, GE Capital and Burnham Financial. He also founded two internet companies, E-lingo, and Stonelocator. Mr. Foulke received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

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