If when you awake and read the crummy news from Thailand [currency restrictions], producer prices coming in "hot" at 2%, and Oracle Corp. (ORCL) trading down 5% in Europe, you might have thought Tuesday would be worse than rough. But no! The amateur hour decisions out of Thailand were quickly reversed once military government officials got the midnight phone calls, huddled up and did one of those instant replay reversal deals. ["Hey, whatsamattah you! The market's down 15%!!!"]
Producer Price data was quickly isolated and set aside as the odd headline in MarketWatch read: "US Stocks end mixed; rising oil stocks offset PPI worries." Come again?
You knew it might be a top when folks start stealing the wiring from utility poles for the copper content.
Other market movers today were in housing and financials.
Overseas Asian markets were pretty rattled by the Thai situation. It got me thinking this morning about an "Asian Contagion Part II." But, as noted authorities changed their minds, but it served as a reminder that perhaps some markets can't be trusted.
There are two major lessons today. First, be patient and stay disciplined. Emotional trading will just get you confused and impair your judgment. Second, Emerging Markets can be both very rewarding but also equally risky. If you can't stay with any market, stay out.
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