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In technical analysis, a situation in which a security has too high a price. This means that the technical indicators on the security do not justify its current price. Technical analysts may recommend selling overbought securities as they are due for a price correction. It can be difficult to determine whether or not a company is overvalued, but a high price-earnings ratio is one way. A price-earnings ratio over 1 indicates that the stock price is more than the company's earnings per share, which may mean that the company is overvalued. See also: Undervaluation.
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A stock whose price seems unjustifiably high based on standard measures, such as its earnings history, is considered overvalued.

One indication of overvaluation is a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) significantly higher than average for the market as a whole or for the industry of which the corporation is a part. The consequence of overvaluation is usually a drop in the stock's price -- sometimes a rather dramatic one.

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