by phil - July 14th, 2006 6:15 am
Did I miss anything?
I was off having a nice time this week and mostly when I bothered to tune in to the news or CNBC I was only thinking, gee I’m glad I’m missing this!
When I left we were worried about Kim Jong Il but I’ve been passing by TV’s tuned to giant fire balls that have nothing to do with him and the fear factor (now somewhat justified) is driving oil to record levels, likely to be followed by gold and other metals.
Asia continues to plunge, dropping another point or two today while Europe looks weak. We are back in the sort of situation we had back in mid-June where we would rather see a huge drop to a real bottom than another weak recovery. This time the global situation is obviously far worse and we are still way above Jun 14 lows: Dow 10,698, S&P 1,219, NYSE 7,708.
The Nasdaq beat its June low of 2,065 yesterday and should give us the first turn signal (if it does at all) but the SOX continue on an uninterrupted road to hell that has as much chance of accelerating down as it does of turning up.
Putting additional topspin on the Nasdaq is news that the California District Attorney (overseeing Silicon Valley) is launching a task force to investigate options backdating. This is starting to look like something almost everyone was doing, with over 50 companies now under investigation so get ready for more headlines there. Also bad for tech is a price-fixing probe aimed at chip makers.
The key for watching this market is going to be how middling earnings are received. GE was pretty exactly in line so we will see how they get treated today. Builders will take yet another hit (props to the Prof) as DHI lowers guidance yet again, taking a 10% hit overnight.
I am baffled by the spotty performance of the oil patch, especially the drillers as oil prices continue to climb. Apparently traders think this spike is temporary and, of course, $4 gas may finally lead to demand destruction but I want to see how oil handles $80 before I bet against that sector. Since the first $75 oil spike on 4/24 most of the oil patch has traded down with drillers like PTEN down 20%. APC has been hammered even though their purchase of KMG…