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First Things First:

In the week ending March 23, 2007, the RF to Light 100 rose 2.3%, YTD + 4.0% at 2557. NASDAQ + 3.2%, YTD + 1.4% at 2449. While Ericsson’s revenues increased 17% at fiscal year end (stock up 9%), Motorola’s stock dropped 5% on grim outlook. Silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic’s stock  jumped 16% after a Merrill Lynch analyst lifted his price target to $ 73 based on strong silicon wafer demand. MEMC is one of the top 6 most expensive stocks in my charts but their shares are only shorted 2.5%.

In the News:

Hints that the Federal Reserve was not longer biased towards raising interest rates sparked a strong rally leaving Wall Street and European markets with their best weekly gains in 4 years.

Here is interesting US Government financial data:

GDP: 13-14,000,000,000,000 (that's trillion)
2008 budget: 2.9 trillion
Entitlements (primarily Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid): 55% (up from 22% only 20 years ago)
Interest on the debt: 9%
Military in Homeland security: 18%
All other government functions: 18%
Cost of the Iraq  war over four years: 490 billion
Unfunded Social Security liabilities: 17 trillion (staggering)
Unfunded Medicare and Medicaid liabilities: 70 trillion (a whole lot more staggering-utterly unsustainable)  
Entitlements are killing us.  Only $.18 out of every tax dollar is available for the traditional nonmilitary functions of government, and that percentage continues to shrink.  If you wonder why our infrastructure seems to be gradually crumbling or why we are trying to fight a major war on the cheap, the above percentages and the gargantuan amount of the unfunded liabilities make it all pretty clear.

PIS (personal investment system):

Within 5 year low: EXITED: Powerwave
Within 2 year low: EXITED: Flextronics, EDO
Within 5 year high: EXITED: Atheros
Within 2 year high: JOINED: Ericsson

New Highs:


New Lows:


Market Oversold Indicator:

down to 79%

Market Overbought Indicator:

up to 63%.

Top Five:

Last Week:

MEMC (+16%), EDO (12%), Amkor (10%), Sirenza (9%), Ericsson (9%)

Year to Date:

MEMC (+63%), Anadigics (45%), Harmonic (43%), Amkor (38%), Avici (29%)

Bottom Five:

Last Week:

Jabil (-14%), Nortel (-11%), Skyworks (-10%), Bookham (-7%), Broadcom (-6%)

Year to Date:

Bookham (-46%), Rogers (-22%), Conexant (-18%), Skyworks (-17%), Avaya (-15%)

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By Sectors:

Space & Defense:

+2%,YTD +6%

Communic. Services:

+3%, YTD +1%

Network Systems :

+1%, YTD 0%

RF Semiconductors:

+2%, YTD +13%

RF Components:

+4%, YTD +2%

F/O Components:

+4%, YTD -1%


+2%, YTD +1%