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. http://stockcharts.com/gallery/?%24sox
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…
I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
-Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Winner
In observing politicians, the media, and American citizens, one thing is clear to me about the presidential, congressional, and local campaigns. ...
Five of the eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains over the past week, the same as the week before, although the average of the eight at 0.34% was a modest improvement over the -0.17% average the previous week. Japan's Nikkei was the top performer for the second week, up 1.97%, a tad higher than its 1.90% gain the previous week. India's SENSEX suffered the biggest drop, down 0.74%.
A Closer Look at the Last Four Weeks
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On Monday, German conglomerate Bayer AG finalized its $62 billion takeover offer for American agrochemical company Monsanto (MON). The acquisition would create the largest agrochemical company in the world. Here is what the sell-side is saying.
Monsanto- Bayer – deals, deals, deals
At $122/share for Monsanto and no disposals the deal would require BASF to issue equity (Bayer issuing ~25% of the deal value) and would imply a deal ROIC in FY5 of 8.5%, 40bps below their WACC of 8.9% and below the buyback equivalent ROIC of 8.8%. The deal, however, would imply €4.55/share in FCF accretion in FY5 enabling BASF to delever to 0.5x net debt/EBITDA in the same time frame. If they levered back to 1.5x in FY15, we estimate EPS would reach €10.20/share.
Do you remember when you were growing up and all your friends were allowed Atari game consoles but you weren’t?
Well, I do and the things seemed as foreign to me as Venus. Mostly because the little time I managed to spend on the gaming consoles when my friends weren’t hogging them I found it all a bit silly. I never “got” computer games, and to this day still have poor comprehension of things like Angry Birds.
I suspect that many people around the world view Bitcoin in the same way as I view Angry Birds: with mild amusement and a general lack of understanding as to what the hell all the fuss is about.
I was thinking of this since a buddy of mine recently started ...
After a three-year bull run that more than quadrupled its value by its peak last July, IBD’s Medical-Biomed/Biotech Industry Group plunged 50% by early February, hurt by backlashes against high drug prices and mergers that seek to lower corporate taxes.
Although we try to stay focused on finding and managing promising trade ideas, the comments in the comment section sometimes take a political turn (for access, try PSW — click here!). So today, Jean Luc writes,
The GOP debate last night was just unreal – are these people running to be president of the US or to lead a college fraternity! Comparing tool size? The only guy that looks semi-sane is Kasich. The other guys are just like 3 jackals right now.
And something else – if Trump is the candidate, that little Romney speech yesterday is probably already being made into a commercial. And all these little snippets from the debate will also make some nice ads! If you are a conservative, you have to be scared now.
Phil writes back,
I was expecting them to start throwing poop at each other &n...
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