Anybody who traded that fateful week going into the Gulf War -- when oil spiked above $30 -- knows the
Dow Jones Averages
don't like oil that high.
Let's give oil its due. It caused more of the selloff than
did. Heck, I thought Greenspan was downright rationally exuberant. Oil is a quandary. You would think that the oil stocks would be rocking and rolling. But they trade like death. They trade totally divorced from the commodity price. Which tells me one of two things: Either the commodity price doesn't mean anything anymore or the oils have as little to do with the fundamentals as the rest of the market does!
Anyway, you can't have a low inflation environment when oil blows through levels that you get when Iraq invades Kuwait. Who gets hurt? The oil consumers. Who doesn't get hurt?
Hmmm, guess what we are buying into the bell.
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