When Unbridled Lust Overtakes Reason! (TSM)

Posted on February 8, 2021

This one goes out to long-time subscriber (and sometimes PROP trader), MT, who’s pushing us to go against our better instincts and take on the semiconductors.

Now, it’s not normally our fancy to tackle tech-related issues in an environment like this, but perhaps the old-timer is correct here – maybe it is wise to stick a fork in it and see if it’s ready.

The semiconductor sub-sector is going through some trying times.  It seems there’s demand, but no supply – for a number of reasons that we won’t delve into here.

As far as a trade is concerned, though, the relevant facts are as follows – between the Batflu and geopolitical maneuverings in the Far East, suppliers are not geared for production at required levels.  And it doesn’t appear they will be for some months hence.  That’s thrown supply chains and fixed orders into a tizzy, with industry re-gauging from whom they’ll be buying, how much and when.

In such an environment, it pays to go with the least stable player in the market – if your goal is to short, that is.

And ours is.

Our prey today is Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM), whose shares climbed an incredible 60% in the two months prior to their all-time high of 136 hit January 20th (see chart below).

The rise in price came amid a ‘full-steam-ahead’ battle cry from the company to catch up with the above-mentioned demand, and which will require tens of billions in new investment to bring on the needed capacity.

But she’s gone too far…

That said, shares of TSM are now priced to perfection – we say – and that means it’s time to work the downside.

Consider –

  • P/E is a fatty 35.79,
  • Price to Book is an ogre-like 10.37, while
  • Yield is a relatively healthy 1.36%.

But it’s really through the charts that the full picture gets sketched.

Have a look at the daily, to begin –

With kind regards,

Hugh L. O’Haynew


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