Switch from energy to tech? Oh, you must have misunderstood me; I meant stay away from tech and buy energy. Well so it goes this merry month of January. There are many market pundits hoping you're on LSD or some such thing hoping you'll forget the original message.
Earnings from tech companies are rolling in after the close. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) looks weak by taking heavy charges and looks light on their outlook. Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) comes in with heavy charges related to options expenses and revenue also seems a little light. [There are rumors circulating that YHOO may be taken private. Maybe this is why the stock is up almost 6% in after hours trading.] Sun Microsystems Inc. (SUNW) is the big winner posting a profit of three cents versus expectations of a penny. The stock is up over 8% after hours. The NASDAQ 100 Trust Shares ETF (QQQQ) is up a nickel.
When we think of bonds an associated market is mortgages which primarily follow the 10-year Treasury bond. Now this "sort of" relates to the oddity of the homebuilder's as featured by streetTRACKS SPDR Homebuilders ETF (XHB). Today D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI) reported horrible earnings [that were only "slightly" better than crummy expectations] but that combined with an upgrade from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) put the stock up almost 5%. If you read this report from MarketWatch you can claw through it and not find much to like period.
Then in the odds-and-ends department there are a couple of sectors where there remains some opportunity.
Where else were money-making sectors today? Other than in commodities, most overseas related ETFs are still performing well.
Tomorrow and thru the rest of the week may see everything reverse again. You never know, energy could get soft and tech's hot again. That's the way things go especially in a tumultuous market that January can often bring.
Have a pleasant evening.
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