You want to believe that we are in the same old bullish tape after listening to Cisco (CSCO) - Get Report. You want to believe that the stock will gap up 5 points because yesterday put to rest a lot of what critics have been complaining about.
Sure, the company talked about component shortages, but that just speaks to strong demand, something that used to be a good thing before everything got turned upside down.
But now you are not so sure.
and I, working late last night, tried to lower our own expectations for what we can get out of Cisco, the
and the market in general. We recognize that Cisco came up aces, but we don't know if there is some sort of macro trump out there that will make aces seem paltry.
Same with the
call I was on. Gerstner was phenomenally upbeat and on the offensive and we liked everything we heard. Again, though, ace, no trump.
Then we think, hmmm, maybe it will be different today.
Europe's not down. Maybe, something has changed.
Maybe they won't fade the opening (that vicious process we saw yesterday where the market opens up and then proceeds to fall off a cliff). Maybe Cisco will break out.
And then we remember the macro: The
doesn't want Cisco up. Fed doesn't want you making money here. Fed will pummel us if we go higher.
That's the reality. Chambers may be aces, but
Greenspan is trump.
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