Where is the market now? It is in an unknown territory. No doubts about it.
Last Friday at close, VXO was 52and QQV 50. These readings put the level of fear to among the highest in the last twenty years. Such numbers were reached previously only in the infamous 87 crashes, the 98 financial storm, the Sept 11 panic, and the Sept of 2002. At each such occurrence, the market bounced back smartly. Image that you bought some EBAY at 13 a share, CSCO at 10 or DIA at 84. You did not make a fortune, but you should certainly be fine. These are no-brainers. You may pick much better names to make ease doubles.
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I suspect that the dumb money is fleeing the market. I experienced extremely small odd lots when my order to buy was filled last Friday. Institutions will not sell in such odd batches in general. By the way, mutual funds and pension funds are considered as dumb money by my standards. The people drive them with little or no insight about market. There are also politics and publicity involved.
Simply by reading the sentiment on the DQ board, it is not hard to see both bears and bulls were toasted last week. It was painful, but a good sign of bottom.
It is evident that smart money is creeping into the market. The most obvious example is that Warren Buffet accelerated his buying binge recently. Understandably, he claims that he does not time the market. Uh, do you really believe that? Yes, he cut preferred deals that are beyond the reach of you and me, yet it is another indicator he smells the blood and the opportunity won’t last forever.
Another evidence is that the fight to swallow up WB between C and WFC. If it is far from the end of a mess, why WFC bother to jump on the deal with $15B while the market only give half of that value, and C only offered $1 (but for banking part)? Not to mention other participators are sniffing around to get a bite.
I have checked the alpha readings of 200 sectors including the top 100 stock group and the bottom 100 stock group. There are three or four sectors, food, cleaning product etc, are still bearing a positive alpha reading. What delighted me is that the Top 100 group has weakened sharply in the last two months, while the bottom 100 batch did not deteriorate much further this year. The bottom 100’s strength or alpha readings are –81 on Jan 25, -86 on Jun 27, -83 on Aug 29 and –87 on Oct 3. The variations are smaller than 10%, which implies that the bad cannot get much worse. On contrast, the top 100’s strength are 130 on Jan 25, 178 on Jun 27, 131 on Aug 29 and 63 on Oct 3, respectively. Its variation is greater than 50%, which means the good were shot down at a blink.
The readings fit into the profile of a bottom very well. During a typical downturn cycle, investors at first flee to “good” stocks, which will make the top stocks even stronger than a go-go market. Such a concentration of hot money soon inflates the hot stocks to a mini-bubble. As all bubbles will burst, this elite group of names finally got busted in the last few weeks. Once the last oasis is gone, a new cycle will start from ashes.
Are we precisely at the dividing moment of the transition? I do not know, as laways. I only know that it is very, very likely.
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上周五收盤時， VXO 是 52 ， QQV 是 50 。讀了這些水平的恐懼中最高在過去的 20 年。這樣的讀數達到以前隻在臭名昭著的 87 機， 98 金融風暴，在 9 月 11 日的恐慌，以及 2002 年 9 月。在每一個此類事件，市場反彈強勁。試想， EBAY 你買在 $13 ，思科在 $10 或 DIA 在 $84 。你沒有發財，但你當然應該賺了。這些都是不費腦筋的買入 。您可以選擇更好的公司，輕鬆翻番。
另一個證據是，爭鬥吞掉 WB 之間的 C 和 WFC 。如非黎明即在，為什麽 WFC 會拿 $15B 跳出來爭 WB ，而市場隻能提供一半的價值，和 C 隻提供 1 美元的（但對銀行的一部分） ？更不用提其他參與者都在虎視眈眈，垂涎分得一杯羹。
我已經檢查了 200 部門 de 的 ALPHA 讀數，包括前 100 名股票組和 100 的底部股票組。有三個或四個部門，食品，清潔生產等，尚為正值。我高興的是，最強的 100 個小組的強度已在過去兩個月裏減弱，而底部 100 批次今年沒有進一步惡化。 100 底部的強度讀 : 1 月 25 日 -81 ， 6 月 27 日 -86 ， 8 月 29 日 -83, 10 月 3 日 -87 。這一變化小於 10 ％ ，這意味著壞得不能更糟。相反，排名前 100 位的是 1 月 25 日 130 ， 6 月 27 日 178 ， 8 月 29 日 131 和 10 月 3 日的 63 。它的變化大於 50 ％ ，這意味著好股票被擊落。
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