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Fly Charts: Expensive Cheap Stocks and FedEx Tax Plans

From index funds ruining everything to Baidu's debt pitch, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business.

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Cheap Is the New Expensive

Everyone's focusing so intently on the FAANG and other expensive stocks that they're ignoring the cheaper end of the market, where things are really out of the ordinary.

Source: Bloomberg

Note: Universe is the stocks in the S&P 500. Quintiles are ranked by Forward 12 Month P/E multiples, lowest to highest.

 

Call That Unacceptable?

Index funds and small shareholders appear to have made purchasing Stada an even more expensive proposition than Bain and Cinven thought.

Source: Bloomberg

On the Alert

Baidu's debtholders are substantially less patient than its equity investors as the search giant struggles -- and it's about to sell some new notes.

Source: Bloomberg

Hiring Mode

FedEx: delivering packages and tax reform. The company is using its leverage as a major employer to push for friendly policy.

Source: Bloomberg

Final data is not yet available for FedEx's fiscal 2017, which ended in May.

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