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WSJ blogger’s predictions for ’09

Evan Newmark sticks his neck out at Mean Street with 9 predictions of what’ll come to pass next year. At least one is relevant for Caterpillar watchers:

Prediction No. 7: Oil will trade at around $30 a barrel for most of 2009

OPEC isn’t happy with $30 oil. But it will be even more unhappy if Obama goes ahead with all his nutty antifossil-fuel schemes. So OPEC will keep oil prices low until America is lulled into again thinking that $1.50 gas will last forever. That should take about a year. Oil will close 2009 back at $50 a barrel.

Well, I guess this one would be good for all of us if came to pass:

Prediction No. 9: The S&P 500 will close 2009 at 1200, up 30%

In this weekend’s Barron’s magazine (also published by Dow Jones), 11 of 12 “savvy” Wall Street strategists targeted the S&P to close 2009 somewhere between 975 and 1100. The consensus is nearly always wrong. By late summer, third quarter earnings will turn up, investor greed will replace resignation and a late year rally will take the S&P to 1200.

I’d rather not consider how bloody it has to get to trigger a 30 percent rally.

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Tom Mangan posted at 8:49 am December 22nd, 2008 |

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  1. Alexander Shlepakov says:

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    Permalink | Posted January 16th, 2009, at 7:38 am

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