, when we get into the kind of mood the market's currently in, we say we've reached the dark side of the moon.
How do you know when you are there? Take a look at
. Not more than five months ago, this stock would have opened up 5 on this 2-for-1 split. Now it does nothing.
Nothing at all. That's the dark side of the moon.
Five months ago,
or whatever would have moved the stock up significantly. Now it goes down a buck and change. That's the dark side of the moon.
Five months ago, people would have loved the semiconductors on a push from what's now
Banc of America Securities
. Now, on the dark side, they use that push to sell semi stocks.
Go back over my checklist from
last night. Don't be faked out. Wait. It's not the end of the world. It's just a difficult period. We have a big bond auction coming up. That's more important than what happens to stocks. Stocks are just a sideshow now. (On the bright side of the moon, stocks are
Five months ago, people used to complain to me that we didn't give them enough split information. That's all people wanted. If you knew a split was on the horizon, you'd actually play it.
Oh, boy, was that a bullish time! And, in retrospect, as
said over and over, a silly time. Thanks, Herb!
That time is over. Now we are sober again. And we have a hangover. Oddly, this shift is not a bad development. We needed to wash out excess bullishness to go higher.
That's what's happening. When the bonds settle and the earnings come through, we will resume.
Until then, everything is just a trade. Even the semis.
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