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If You Catch One of These Booms, You May Never Have to Work Again

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Friday, May 6, 2011

Nobody's been paying attention. We're still catching it early...
I haven't heard a single mention of it in the mainstream news. But biotech stocks are in a serious bull market... At the end of March, the Nasdaq Biotech Index broke out to a new 12-month high. And at the end of April, it popped up to 10-year highs.
DailyWealth readers have heard this before, but it's worth repeating:
If you catch just one biotech bull market in your lifetime, you may never have to work again.
From late 1998 to early 2000, the Nasdaq Biotech Index soared over sixfold in less than 18 months.
Take a look at this chart, created by our True Wealth Systems computers. It shows the huge bull market from 1998 to 2000. And it shows the breakout to 10-year highs today...
NASDAQ Biotech Index Just Hit a New High
The numbers get even better than the 1998-2000 bull market.
In the early 1990s, the Datastream Biotech Index soared over 1,000%. It's unbelievable... but true. Biotech stocks have had four massive, triple-digit bull markets since the 1980s.
Biotech stocks have extraordinary booms and busts. Investors get excited about biotech changing the world... then forget about it entirely. The last decade has been the "forget about it" decade, so it's been more bust than boom.
For 10 years, biotech has been completely dead money. You'd have actually lost a good deal of money if you'd stayed invested...
The Nasdaq Biotech Index peaked around 1,600 back in 2000. Today, it's finally poking its head above 1,000 again. It's lost 30% from its peak.
As you can imagine, with a decade of losses, investors have fled biotech stocks...
While the share prices of biotech stocks have done nothing for 11 years, these companies have been growing like mad...
Consider the case of Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN), the world's largest biotech company and the largest holding in the Nasdaq Biotech Index. Take a look at Amgen's sales over the last 15 years... Sales have gone from next-to-nothing to almost $15 billion a year. Even with that extraordinary sales growth, shares of Amgen are lower today than they were in 2000.
In short, investors are not excited about the future in biotech. So Amgen is now downright cheap, at a forward price-to-earnings ratio under 10. And it's not just Amgen... The top four holdings of the Nasdaq Biotech Index are cheap by any standard. Take a look...
Forward P/E ratio
Sizing things up... We have all my favorite criteria in place:
• Biotech stocks are as cheap as they've ever been.
• Biotech stocks are hated by investors, who are fleeing.
• According to True Wealth Systems, a new uptrend has begun.
Right now, it's overdue for another triple-digit run, at least.
With a new 10-year high in the Nasdaq Biotech Index, I'm hopeful this is finally the start of a new uptrend in biotech.
Of course, we can't know THIS buy signal is THE BIG ONE – the buy signal for the next great bull market in biotech. But we do know all the ingredients are in place.
Good investing,


Further Reading:

"We see biotech stocks as one of the market's great 'boom and bust' sectors," editor in chief Brian Hunt writes in Growth Stock Wire. "When these stocks enter bull markets, they easily shoot up hundreds of percent." See what to expect here: If You Want Out of Conventional Investments, Start Right Here.
DailyWealth classic: In 2009, Steve noted the hint of an upward trend in biotech stocks. They're ignored, he said. "But the value is there... In many cases, you can buy them for less than the cash they have in the bank." Since his mention, the sector is up 130%. Read more here: The One Market Soaring Now.

Market Notes


The big trend puzzling many analysts right now is the surging euro. They wonder, "If the whole region is choking on government debt... how can Europe's currency be sitting at a new high?"
As usual, we offer an unconventional take on the situation. Yes, the euro is surging in value against the dollar. It just reached its highest high in over a year versus the greenback. But how strong is the euro in terms of the "real money" we've been telling you to buy for years? How strong is the euro in terms of gold?
Today's chart presents the sad story. It's the past two years of the euro in terms of gold. As you can see, it's a tremendous bear market featuring "lower highs and lower lows"... one that has seen the euro lose over a third of its purchasing power against gold.
This action leads us to again remind folks that gold's incredible rise isn't just a "dollar stinks" story. It's not just a "euro stinks" story. Gold is rising against all paper currencies. It is the "antidote currency" to the malady of dishonest money and the morally bankrupt governments that issue it.

The euro is plunging in terms of gold

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