November 4-5, 2000
By Addison Wiggin
MARKET REVIEW: “Trendless” Market – Tough To Make Money
Before The Election
Not much to report on this fine pre-election weekend.
Investors, cautious about any major stock market moves
before Election Day, did little trading Friday.
Consequently, the Dow posted a minor loss – down 62 –
Friday but ended the week strongly higher for the week at
10,817… 227 points higher than Monday’s opening.
The tech-weary Nasdaq held off earnings worries and rose 22
to 3451 Friday… posting 173 positive points for the week.
The S&P 500 barely moved Friday, closing off the week at
1426.69 for a overall gain of 47.
“The mood of the market seems to be somewhat trendless.
We’re in a challenging climate in which it is tough to make
money,” an analyst was quoted as saying in a Reuter’s
report. “Few players are putting money to work today ahead
of the election on Tuesday.”
The Labor Department released a report indicating the
number of new jobs created last month slowed up a bit to
137,000 – making investors sigh again with soft-landing
satisfaction. The new job numbers, however, were slightly
offset by a hike in wages… revealing very little helpful
information to the eternal list of Fed watchers.
Overseas markets were fairly listless as well: Japan’s
Nikkei fell 0.23%. Germany’s DAX index was up 0.56%,
Britain’s FT-SE 100 was down 0.10%, and France’s CAC-40
The Russell 2000 507 up 28 for the week
PRICES FOR THE WEEK…
Gold: $265 down $1.50
Crude Oil: $32.71 up a penny
Natural Gas: $4.93 up $.40
Platinum: $594 up $25
Palladium: $714 down $41
CRB Index: 223 up 4 points
Dollar Index 116
The sad, sad Euro: $.85 up $.02
British Pound: $1.44 down a cent
And…108 Japanese Yen will still buy you a crisp US
THIS WEEK in THE DAILY RECKONING
By Bill Bonner
11/03/00 THE FALL OF KING DOLLAR
“…with no direct experience nor any points of reference,
investors are caught up in the latest collective thinking.
The dollar is strong because of ‘technology in America’ or
because the U.S. economy is ‘more flexible,’ ‘dynamic’ and
so on. The fantasy du jour is that the euro must always go
down and the dollar must always go up. And yet, all it
would take would be a little hedging on the part of
investors and dollar-holding foreigners to send the dollar
plunging. ‘[T]he dollar’s stability depends on the
perseverance of capital inflows of preposterous
11/02/00 TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
“…technology has been the stock market leader. Perhaps
some investors are emotionally attached to it and
disheartened by the setbacks it has received. More likely,
most investors have their eyes on a different leader: the
dream of getting rich in stocks. ‘Technology’ is merely a
conveniently vague rationalization for why it is possible.
Now that the Big Techs are getting under fire, investors
are beginning to get nervous. But so far, I’ve seen no one
question the fundamental belief that all New Era investors
share: that you can get rich on stocks just by being ‘in
11/01/00 ALL SAINTS’ DAY
“…Halloween is an example of what Philippe Muray calls
“Festivus.” Muray has noticed the way in which the genuine,
dark, primeval, wild and dangerous currents and
undercurrents in society have been tamed…and transformed
into harmless celebrations. This applies not merely to the
shift from All Saints’ to Halloween, but also the political
process, where genuinely revolutionary parties have been
replaced by a token opposition and emasculated rebels. Is
there any real opposition – of a sort that might be
described as dangerous to the government? No, we celebrate
the First Amendment now; we do not practice it…”
10/31/00 THE DESTRUCTION OF TECHNOLOGY
“…Doug Casey likes to compare the Tech Stock Boom to the
periodic booms in junior mining companies. He reminds us
that almost every boom in the junior mining stocks was
capped with the discovery of a huge fraud. “Net stocks,” he
says “lend themselves to this activity quite as well as
mining stocks.” Mark Twain described a gold mine as a hole
in the ground with a liar standing next to it. Investors
have no way of knowing what’s in the hole. Nor do they have
any way of knowing whether a new tech company is an Iridium
or a Microsoft. So, fraud flourishes like worms in a manure
“…as the division of labor expands, fewer and fewer
people have the time or inclination to hunt for their own
mushrooms. We are all deracinated, cut off from direct
knowledge of the things that really matter to us. We don’t
know what’s in the food we eat…nor how it is prepared. We
don’t know who writes our software programs, nor do we have
any idea how they actually do it. Mass investors don’t know
what the companies they buy actually do, and have way of
measuring the value of the stocks, except for recent price
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HEADLINES, NEWS and INSIGHT: Kodak Up 20% Since Coverage
Began – Last Week… Collusion In The Gold Market?… What
Went Wrong On Wall Street?
It’s A Kodak Moment – Snap It Up!
by Lynn Carpenter
You can hardly have $6 billion in assets and $14 billion in
revenues – and do worse than Eastman Kodak has lately. I
doubt there’s anyone left to give the old venerable a pan.
It’s a “don’t touch it with a 10-foot pole” stock.
Naturally that piques our contrarian interest.
by Eric J. Fry
Put the cork back into the champagne bottle. Celestica’s
whoop-de-do quarterly reception conveniently overlooks less
pleasing inventory, accounts receivable and gross margin
When Will Investors’ Psychology Change?
by Dr. Marc Faber
To many market observers, the continued bullish stance of
investors – even after the sharp Nasdaq decline in March
and April, the collapse of Internet companies, and recent
earnings disappointments – has come as a surprise. Up to
the end of August, US equity mutual funds attracted $255.5
billion, more than twice the comparable year-earlier total
of $112 billion. When will the crowd change its mind.
Collusion In The Gold Market? Impossible
by Harry Schultz
Despite wide press coverage of the price fixing scandal at
Sotheby’s and Christie’s, anti-trust charges levied at Visa
and Mastercard, and the ubiquitous central bank euro
intervention – the mainstream press won’t even consider the
possibility of meddling with gold prices. Yet, there hasn’t
been a free market in this precious metal for years.
What Went Wrong With Wall Street
by Daniel Denning
The capital markets have been generous; moving record sums
of money into new businesses – profitable or otherwise.
What’s been forgotten in the liquidity surge is the actual
cost of running a business – electricity needed to run a
computer server farm, or the affect high oil prices has on
transportation of goods. Earnings reports of late are
reflecting these skyrocketing costs. And driving the market
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: The First Great Event of the 21st
“A tremendous boom resounded through central Jerusalem as
black plumes curled into the sky,” began an article in
Friday’s International Herald Tribune.
“The mangled remains of the car lay on the narrow one-way
street where the explosion took place; in a nearby alley
two sheets covered two bodies… `Barak should see this
with his own two eyes.'” Another chapter in the long saga
of Arab-Israeli conflict.
And the chances for Mid-East peace? Called off by violence.
This latest instability is being blamed for high oil
prices-as high as $36 a barrel in recent months. But is it
We don’t think so. While tension in the region will
certainly give traders pause – and may temporarily
interrupt supply chains-” high oil prices” are part of a
much bigger trend… a trend so important and widespread it
could make you one of the wealthiest investors in the next
Two Hidden Observations and One Gigantic Opportunity to
Big Oil Trend #1: Oil Is CHEAP!
Despite what you read every day in the popular press, oil
is actually selling for less than half its 1980 high, in
real terms. In 1980 it cost you 25 barrels of oil to buy a
single share of the Dow. By 1985, when oil prices fell to
$12 a barrel you needed 125 barrels to buy a single
share… oil was getting cheaper relative to stocks.
And today? At $32 a barrel you need 353 barrels to buy just
one share of the Dow. For example, to reach its 1980 price
in real terms, oil would have to trade at $70 a barrel-more
than twice its current price. It’s not just that stocks are
overvalued. It’s that in real terms, oil is astonishingly
cheap. And today’s cheap oil prices don’t even include a
virtually unheard of fact.
Big Oil Trend #2: Domestic Supplies Have Already Peaked…
In 1956, a geologist named M. King Hubbert predicted that
oil production in the lower 48 U.S. states would rise for
13 more years, peak in approximately 1969, and then fall
He was right. Oil production in the United States reached
its peak in 1970. It’s been falling steadily ever since.
But that’s only the beginning. When you apply Hubbert’s
techniques to world oil, you find out we’re just a few
years from peak production. The world has produced roughly
800 billion barrels of oil. There’s about another 850
billion barrels in proven reserves, and an estimated 150
billion barrels yet to be discovered. We’ve already
produced nearly half the world’s supply of oil.
One: Oil is cheaper now by half than it was in 1980.
Two: Worldwide oil production has already peaked and
can only decline.
Combine them and you can see there is immense opportunity
for a price explosion to the upside.oil at $40, $50, even
$60 a barrel??
Keep in mind, this does not include short-term volatility
caused by Mid-East violence. It’s just straight-up supply-
and-demand analysis. Oil prices will rise, and those
companies with the reserves and the know-how to bring it to
market will make a fortune.
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Hope you’re having a great weekend,
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CONTRARIAN GLOSSARY: Festivus
FESTIVUS – Festivus is the name given by Philippe Muray to
the latest phase in European (including American)
civilization. The gods are all dead. So are the
politicians. Who would die for his religion today? Who
would die for his politics? Or for matters of principle?
Serious ideas, holidays, ideologies, virtues, religions,
cultures and convictions have all been hollowed out. They
are no longer honored. They are merely celebrated.