It all seems so obvious now about why last week was so crummy. It wasn't our fault. It was their fault. Put simply Boo.com and Equant (ENT) and, to a lesser extent, Vodafone (VOD)all stunk up the joint. Big-time.
We didn't think that much about Boo.com here. But this was one of those companies that had huge backing and burned through a cool $130 million with virtually nothing to show from it. Putting aside the obvious mismanagement and the technical difficulties -- wasn't this just a Web retailer-catalogue company in disguise -- Boo was the Amazon (AMZN) for Europe. Can you imagine if Amazon failed? Can you imagine what that would do to the investor psychology here?
If that weren't enough, Equant, the French network-communications company, reported truly disgusting earnings last week. Equant was a darling, a kind of Exodus (EXDS) meets Cisco (CSCO) meets WorldCom (WCOM). But its quarter had severe margin pressure so people bolted and ratings downgrades ensued. This one broke the backs of a whole slew of technology holders in Europe.
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