Friday, March 21, 2014

Marvellous market wisdom -- another example

From Matthew Klein at Bloomberg, Is Yahoo's Business Worth Less Than Nothing?, a graph showing how the values of Yahoo and its various key holdings, as assessed by the wise market, somehow just don't add up.

As Barry Ritholz comments:

Yahoo! Inc.’s total value is represented by the first bar. If you subtract the value of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo! Japan Corp. you are left with Yahoo's core business -- excluding its Japanese and Chinese investments -- and a negative valuation.
I can remember a few examples of the efficient, all-knowing markets getting the valuation of a company completely wrong. It doesn’t happen often, but it's kind of amusing when it does.

Maybe Marissa Mayer isn't doing a terrible job, but Mr. Market simply made a mistake. This chart should make you question whether we give markets too much credit for being efficient and intelligent.

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