A rally like this in an economy that is still in shock is just not sustainable. According to Bloomberg, Nasdaq trailing PE ratio is 32, and the estimated PE is 24. Yes, these are growth companies, but you are buying them at 24 times earnings! It's true, some corporations are overdue to upgrade their hardware and systems, and there seems to be an insatiable appetite for iPhones. But with unemployment approaching new highs, the type of growth that is built into the market is unrealistic.
This evening we saw the first signs of the bubble bursting with Microsoft's earnings results. From the NY Times:
On Thursday, the world’s largest software company reported its worst fiscal year since it initially sold stock to the public in 1986. Year-over-year revenue and full-year sales of Microsoft’s flagship Windows software dropped for the first time.MSFT after the close
Amazon.com Inc. reported a decline in second-quarter profit and sales that missed estimates after discounts failed to spur as much growth as predicted. The stock dropped in late trading.Tomorrow the market should get back to reality.