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Going on a Power Trip

By Jeff Clark
Thursday, October 19, 2006

What do Genghis Khan, Mao Tse Tung, and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor have in common?
 
They all have an insatiable thirst for power.
 
I joined that unique trio three months ago when I was locked out of my house for three days.
 
No, it wasn’t a domestic dispute that temporarily evicted me from my home. In fact, my wife and kids were locked out as well. It was a power outage.
 
You see, I don’t carry keys to my front door. My sole means of entrance is through an electrically powered garage door. No electricity? No entrance.
 
It’s happened before. And usually, after searching the property for an unlocked window or door – or a crack in the wall big enough for my four year old to fit through - and finding none, the power comes right back on. And once again, all is right with the world.
 
But this time was different. The power didn’t come on.
 
Keep in mind, this was during the hottest day of the summer... the power grid simply couldn’t handle the demands of all those air conditioners running full blast at the same time. A phone call to the power company yielded no real information – only a recorded voice saying, “We appreciate your understanding of this challenging situation.”
 
The real challenge was trying to appease my wife and two young sons who were sweltering in the 107 degree heat.
 
So we drove over to the next city, reserved a nice hotel room, ordered room service and waited for the “all clear” phone call from my neighbors telling me the power was back on.
 
One day passed. Then two. Finally, after three days and several hundred dollars in hotel charges, we got the call.
 
While the whole ordeal started out as a bit of an inconvenience, it turned out quite differently.
 
My kids loved the adventure. My wife enjoyed the mini-vacation so much, I often catch her fiddling with the fuse box – trying to create the illusion of another power outage.
 
I, however, received the biggest benefit from our three-day lockout... a brainstorm of investment ideas on companies involved in repairing the nation’s power grid. I’ll be writing more about them over the coming weeks and months.
 
Next Tuesday, I’m e-mailing my number one investment recommendation in this sector to subscribers of The Big Trend Report.
 
That is – as long as the power stays on.
 
Best Regards & Good Trading,
 
Jeff Clark




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Market Watch
Symbol Price
Change
52-Wk
S&P 500 1233.00 +0.4% +12.5%
Oil 37.66 -0.7% +5.4%
Gold 135.41 +0.0% +22.2%
Silver 27.98 -0.2% +63.7%
US-Dollar 80.00 +0.1% +5.3%
Euro 1.32 -0.1% -10.1%
Volatility 17.61 +2.1% -21.1%
Gold Stocks 570.52 +0.4% +25.8%
10-Year Yield 3.30 +2.5% -5.2%

World ETFs
Symbol Price
Change
52-Wk
USA 124.48 +0.6% +12.5%
Canada 30.50 +0.8% +17.9%
Russia 21.90 +0.2% +20.9%
India 37.10 +1.3% +20.1%
Israel 17.00 +1.5% +11.7%
Japan 10.58 -0.3% +7.0%
Singapore 13.76 -0.3% +19.2%
Taiwan 14.98 +0.3% +20.4%
S. Korea 57.95 +0.1% +22.9%
S. Africa 71.90 +0.3% +30.4%
China 43.43 +0.2% -0.2%
Lat.America 52.23 +0.7% +8.0%

Sector ETFs
Symbol Price
Change
52-Wk
Oil Service 136.18 +0.1% +19.1%
Big Pharma 64.58 +0.6% -2.7%
Internet 73.29 +0.6% +28.1%
Semis 16.60 +0.1% +30.0%
Utilities 31.12 +0.4% -0.5%
Defense 18.51 +0.7% +9.4%
Nanotech 10.03 +0.3% +0.6%
Alt. Energy 10.41 +1.2% -1.2%
Water 19.09 +1.6% +16.7%
Insurance 16.41 +0.6% +21.8%
Biotech 20.95 +1.5% +30.1%
Retail 19.67 +0.5% +28.3%
Software 25.21 +0.7% +28.0%
Big Tech 54.49 +0.7% +23.0%
Construction 13.46 +1.1% +19.1%
Media 13.97 +1.2% +22.7%
Consumer Svcs 67.72 +0.4% +23.2%
Financials 56.86 +0.8% +11.3%
Health Care 64.83 +1.1% +2.0%
Industrials 64.47 +1.1% +22.2%
Basic Mat 74.82 +1.0% +28.1%
Real Estate 54.67 +1.0% +23.7%
Transportation 92.29 +0.3% +25.5%
Telecom 23.00 +0.4% +17.1%