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The S&P 500 is up 26.72% YTD in terms of price returns and 29.22% based on total returns. Given the strong up this year, many investors are wondering if U.S. stocks are overvalued or fairly valued. With about a month to go this year, any further run to the upside will make the returns even more fantastic.

According to a report by Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Management last month, U.S. stocks are fairly valued from a historical perspective.

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Source: CIO View, October 2013, Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Management

From the report:

The average price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of the S&P 500 Index is 15.9 and approaching the 10-year average of 16.4. The S&P 500 Index could climb to around 1,800 points in the next 12 months, spurred on by continued profit growth, and we expect the profits of S&P 500 Index companies to increase by 7%. Including dividends, investors in U.S. blue chips could achieve a gain of around 10%.

All the sectors within the S&P 500 with the exception of Real Estate are up by double digits YTD. Hence, investors may want to selectively initiate new positions at this time.

Disclosure: No positions

Source: Historical Performance And Valuation Of The S&P 500 Index