Janet Yellen Was Half Right

Janet Yellen Was Half Right

Just over a year ago, Janet Yellen did the unthinkable. In a moment of clarity, The Fed called out two darlings of the momentum-chasing euphoria-driven stock buying frenzy for ‘special’ treatment when Yellen uttered the Cramer-mind-blowing fact that “small cap social media and biotech stock valuations were substantially stretched.” It appears, judging by today’s market, that she was half right

The equal-weighted basket of nine social media stocks (Angie’s List, Demand Media, Groupon, Jive Software, King Digital, Pandora Media, United Online, Yelp, and Zynga) is down 23% since Yellen’s truthiness (underperforming the broad small cap universe by almost 32%). However, Small cap Biotechs have soared rather than stalled – now up almost 89% since The Fed chair’s drubbing.

Of course – she is actually right about both but timing is everything (just ask Greenspan) as small cap biotech valuations move on to be “substantially stretched”-er.

Charts: Bloomberg



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Janet Yellen Was Half Right

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