Those are the only three companies in the S&P 500 whose price-to-earnings ratio did not grow over the past 90 days, according to a Seeking Alpha piece posted Monday by someone or something called Pendulum.
The other 497 companies have all seen their valuations increase to the point where the average P/E of the index is likely to finish the quarter this week at a three-year high. This despite the fact that the valuation of Apple -- the single largest component of the S&P 500 -- spent most of those 90 days headed in the wrong direction.
You can get the full version of the chart above from Pendulum's S&P 500's P/E Multiple Ending Q1 At 3-Year High.
The contrast between Apple and the rest of the 500 would be even more dramatic if Pendulum had been able to include Amazon (AMZN) in the chart. At 71.5, its forward P/E is more than 7 times Apple's (9.4). Its trailing P/E is unchartable, given that Amazon lost $39 million in 2012.
Even a long-time Apple naysayer like Henry Blodget is talking about buying the stock
FORTUNE -- In a 1,300-word Business Insider story in which he rattles off a litany of reasons why Apple's (AAPL) shares "crashed to a new low" Friday, Henry Blodget refers seven times to the stock price as "cheap," "cheaper" and "screamingly cheap" and ends by confessing that although he doesn't buy individual stocks these days, if the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 2, 2013 11:53 AM ET
Stuff that went right over most analysts' -- and nearly every reporter's -- head
FORTUNE -- As predicted, the headlines reporting Apple's (AAPL) quarterly earnings last week -- and the market's immediate and violent negative reaction -- failed to take into account that Q1 2013 had one less week Q1 2012. Even Tim Cook did lousy job explaining it.
It fell to the Braeburn Group's Robert Paul Leitao, an independent investor who MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 28, 2013 3:33 AM ET
But the stock is still worth less than the average run-of-the-mill S&P 500 company
FORTUNE -- It seems the drumbeat of positive news for Apple (AAPL) -- the Samsung verdict, the iPhone 5, the 2 million pre-orders, the rumors of new products in the wings -- was finally too much for the Apple bears.
On Monday, the company's share price shot right up to and, in after-hours trading, finally broke through the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 17, 2012 5:12 PM ET
The weeks before the numbers are released are critical
FORTUNE -- No matter how the market may squeeze Apple (AAPL) in the up and down of daily trading -- its forward P/E ratio as of Monday's close had been compressed to 10.53 -- the stock tends to seek its own level by the time the company issues its quarterly earnings reports.
Which makes the charts posted over the weekend by aapltrader99's Randy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 26, 2012 7:07 AM ET
There seems to be a growing disconnect in Wall Street's valuations
FORTUNE -- I know that comparisons, as Shakespeare's Dogberry put it, are supposed to be odorous, but this one is beginning to stink.
How can Apple (AAPL), with $110 billion in the bank, annual sales of $140 billion and earnings that nearly double every year, be valued so much lower than Amazon (AMZN), which has $6 billion in the bank, sales MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2012 7:10 AM ET
The only thing that seems to matter to Wall Street is how much cash it has in the bank
FORTUNE -- It's been a year since Asymco's Horace Dediu -- mystified by the apparent decoupling of Apple's (AAPL) share price from its earnings growth -- first spotted the correlation between the company's valuation and its holdings in cash and marketable securities.
"As far as the market is concerned," he wrote at the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 7, 2012 8:04 AM ET
There are, in fact, limits to how far the stock can fall
FORTUNE -- Watching Apple's (AAPL) share price see-saw over the past three weeks -- up to $644, down to $555, up to $618, down to $581 -- investors might well wonder whether there's any limit to how high or, more to the point these days, how low the stock can go.
To set some guidelines, we asked Bullish Cross' Andy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2012 5:45 AM ET
But even at $600 a share, the company's stock price still seems out of whack
Apple's (AAPL) second fiscal quarter ends Saturday, and although the market spent Friday morning knocking the stuffing out of its share price (Apple fell back below $600 in mid-morning trading), Wall Street remains bullish on Tim Cook's company.
How do we know? We've watched the analysts' Q2 estimates for Apple climb more than 24% in the past MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 30, 2012 11:40 AM ET
Horace Dediu tells the story. The narrative is fictional, but the numbers, sadly, are real.
In masterpiece of analytical satire, Asymco's Horace Dediu on Thursday recreated the thought processes that led Wall Street's top analysts to grossly underestimate Apple's (AAPL) earnings every year since 2005.
Their performance would be laughable if it didn't materially affect Apple's share price. But the numbers these analysts come up with form the "consensus" that determines the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 16, 2011 8:16 AM ET
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