Inflation, The Fisher King and a Solar Stock
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  Inflation, The Fisher King and a Solar Stock

And to think, investors cheered the Fed’s decision to hold interest rates unchanged.

 

Today, the Producer Price Index, a popular low-ball measure of wholesale inflation, came in twice as hot as expected at 1.2%. That 8.9% rise is the biggest jump since 1981. I don’t think anyone cares to hear the annualized number.

 

In case anyone is curious, the inflation rate for July of 1981 was 10.76%. A year later, Paul Volcker’s rate hikes had slashed inflation to 6.44%. Speaking of Volcker, his name is certainly being tossed around a lot lately. And not just for his endorsement of Presidential candidate Barrack Obama.

 

Apparently I’m not the only one invoking his name as a model for Bernanke. Larry Kudlow’s “Where's Bernanke's Inner Volcker?” takes a similar position as my “Princess and the Dragon” article here on August 5 – interest rates are too low and should be hiked.

 

                                           The Fisher King?

 

At least there’s one member of the FOMC who seems to understand that inflation needs to be dealt with pronto. Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher has dissented at every FOMC meeting this year. He has advocated smaller cuts to help the financial meltdown and he’s been on the side of higher rates lately.                 

 

Maybe I’ll start calling him the Fisher King. In the Arthurian legend, the Fisher King keeps the Holy Grail. But he has a lingering injury and cannot move of his own will. And so long as he is injured, there is a blight on the land. So he sits and fishes.

 

I’d say there’s enough connection there to make it an intriguing metaphor. The Fed’s Fisher can’t move rates on his own. And until rates are higher, inflation is likely to remain a blight on the U.S. economy.  

 

In the week following the FOMC’s last meeting on August 5, the Dow put on an amazing 544 points. Amazing, because homebuilders and financials were leading the charge. It should be no surprise that the Dow has since given all that back. And then some.   

 

                        A Keen Eye for the Obvious

 

The obvious reason is that it’s dawning on investors that the banking liquidity problems are far from over. Just the other day, bankruptcy specialist Wilbur Ross told CNBC that a thousand banks could fail. Of course, Wilbur would be in hog heaven with that much feed in his trough.

 

I see it a little differently when it’s the former chief economist for the IMF saying that …”we’re going to see a whopper…”. Now an economics professor at Harvard, Kenneth Rogoff side with the Fisher King in saying that the Fed shouldn’t have cut rates as much as it did to help the financial sector.

 

Still, the one item that stuck with me the most is the Freddie Mac bond sale from Monday, August 18. Apparently it was undersubscribed. Ya don’t say? 

And stocks sold off as a result. Shocking. I’ve always had a keen eye for the obvious.

 

                                         A Solar Stock

 

Well, just a few minutes ago, my senior analyst Benson George called me over to his office. Benson’s the mastermind behind my stock-trading machine, TRIGR. If you ever need someone to turn support and resistance points or moving average breakouts into mathematical formulas, he’s your man.

 

Apparently, Candian Solar (Nasdaq:CSIQ) jumped over 3,000 points in TRIGR’s ranking system to take the number 3 spot. The 3,000 points were awarded due to new analyst coverage and some recent increases in earnings estimates that leave Canadian Solar with a forward P/E of 7.3.

 

I can’t tell you whether thin-film or polysilicon technology will be the big winner in the solar energy sector. But I can tell you what happened the last time Canadian Solar rose to the top of TRIGR’s rankings.

 

It was April 10, 2008. the stock closed at $23.75 that day. Over the next month, it made it as high as $34.10 on May 12. The next day, Canadian Solar announced blowout earnings. The stock closed at $40.78 on May 13 and $44 on May 14.

 

The stock eventually peaked at $51 in mid-June. Now, it’s almost back to where it started in April. Support looks good at $25. Just thought you’d like to know.

 

Best Regards,

 

Ian Wyatt

Chief Investment Strategist

Growth Report

 

PS – The last time Canadian Solar (Nasdaq:CSIQ) made it to the top of TRIGR’s rankings, it went on to post a 102% gain. Find out how high it goes this time with TradeMaster Daily Stock Alerts .

 





Posted 08-19-2008 5:12 PM by Ian Wyatt
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mgvvmsrg wrote re: Inflation, The Fisher King and a Solar Stock
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mgvvmsrg wrote re: Inflation, The Fisher King and a Solar Stock
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