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The Stingy News Weekly (08/23/02)

The Markets This Week

DOW 30: 8,873 +1.08% with a median P/E of 27.5
S&P/TSX: 6,614 +0.64% with a median P/E of 28.6

The Value View

Dow at a P/E of 20: 6,453 (-27.3%) Poor Value
Dow at a P/E of 15: 4,840 (-45.5%) Fair Value
Dow at a P/E of 10: 3,227 (-63.6%) Good Value

S&P/TSX at a P/E of 20: 4,625 (-30.1%) Poor Value
S&P/TSX at a P/E of 15: 3,469 (-47.6%) Fair Value
S&P/TSX at a P/E of 10: 2,313 (-65.0%) Good Value

Stingy Links

Special report on scams
"Too Good To Be True: Stratospheric returns touted by promoters attract investors by the thousands, but along with those big promises come huge risks and potential for big losses."

Beating the high cost of trading-account inactivity
"Brokerages have been levying inactivity fees on stagnant accounts with small balances for more than two years now to recoup the cost of managing them. In recent weeks, firms such as Charles Schwab are raising the cost of holding pat, giving individual investors another reason to fear those monthly statements."

The ABCs of value
"For a fund manager with $350 million tied up in one of the worst bear markets in recent memory, Irwin Michael, president of I.A. Michael Investment Counsel Ltd., looks remarkably relaxed sitting behind his desk in the cramped downtown Toronto office space he shares with his five employees."

The time to buy
"Bear market or no, there are superb opportunities too enticing to pass up. While a recovery is likely far off, the current carnage has left fine stocks undervalued."

Don't listen to the consumer
"Unfortunately for economic soothsayers, the consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters."

The next biohazard
"The Johnson & Johnson imbroglio suggests that copying bioengineered drugs won't be easy. That gives biotechs an edge when competing with generic drugmakers that Big Pharma never had."

A little honesty goes a long way
"You might think investors would punish companies that have decided to expense stock options. After all, most of corporate America has been battling for years to avoid such a fate, worried that accounting for those perks would destroy earnings. And indeed, Merrill Lynch estimates that if all S&P 500 companies were to expense options, reported profits would fall 10% this year. And yet, as a small but growing band of big-name companies makes the switch, investors have for the most part showered them with love."

Market Trivia

This week's trivia questions are:

Q1. Which DOW stock has the highest P/Book ratio?
Q2. Which S&P500 stock has the highest P/Book ratio?
Q3. Which S&P/TSX Composite stock has the highest P/Book ratio?

The answers to last week's trivia questions are:

Q1. How much has the S&P500 gained in the last 5 years?
A1. 1.9%.
Q2. How much has the DOW gained in the last 5 years?
A2. 12.5%.
Q3. How much has the S&P/TSX Composite gained in the last 5 years?
A3. -1.4%.
Source: globeinvestor.com

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