The Chart du Jour

Do Nothing, Be Happy

March 9, 2001

By, Barclay T. Leib

The world is falling: Intel finally fessed up with a massive pre-announcement of weakness in all its business units. This is something that has literally been brewing ever since the first quarter of 2000 when a post-Y2K hangover in computer purchasing set in. They just didn't tell us until now.

Does that mean you are supposed to go out and dump the stock?

As subscribers may remember, when Intel was back at $43 on November 9, 2000 we suggested it would not be finished its already significant slide at that date until it eventually reached $23. We still feel that way, although we have since given up at seeing this level reached straight away. Much backing and filling later, we'd rather expect to see this level in November-December of this year instead of now.

What do we expect then? In a nutshell: Greenspan to be a wimp and use Intel's pre-announcement as his obvious trigger to cut interest rates at an opportune moment.

As demarcated on the chart above basis Fibonacci rhythms, Intel's a trading buy at $23, and a huge sale at $49. In between, right here, chasing this stock lower risks getting caught in a Greenspan-inspired squeeze. So do nothing, be happy.

Concentrate on other markets such as Euro/yen, USD/JPY, and gold where better opportunities abound. Indeed, for one of the more compelling write-ups on the increasingly stagflationary environment in which we live, click here for a great essay by Toqueville Asset Management's John Hathaway. We agree most whole-heartedly with many of his longer-term macro assertions.

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