Almost two months ago I featured a chart that suggested our equities market looked cheap to foreigners. Today we get a couple of news stories that confirm this view:

Japanese Banks Go on a Shopping Spree

Canada’s Largest Drilling Company to Buy a U.S. Rival

And the NY Times recently ran a piece about foreigners flying into Manhattan for weekend shopping sprees:

They’ll Take Manhattan, in Cash

So international businesses are finding value in our assets and foreign consumers are celebrating the weak dollar by buying up Manhattan. And I expect it won’t be long before this bargain hunting tranfers to our relatively cheap (in terms of currency) stock market.
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Sources:
Chart of the Day: S&P 500 in Euros
Jesse Felder
My Back Pages
July 2, 2008

Japanese Banks Go on a Shopping Spree
Leslie P. Norton
Barron’s
August 25, 2008

Canada’s Largest Drilling Company to Buy a U.S. Rival
Reuters
Augst 25, 2008

They’ll Take Manhattan, in Cash

Alex Williams
The New York Times
August 3, 2008

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