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ART CASHIN: I’m Hearing Things That Are Reminiscent Of The Dotcom Bubble

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October 18, 2013

The way people are treating technology companies, it’s starting to feel a bit too much like 1999 and 2000, Art Cashin said on Thursday’s “Futures Now.”

“I do worry a little bit that we’re beginning to hear things that are reminiscent of the 1999-2000 period—the number of hits, the number of eyeballs,” said Cashin, the director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services.

In the heat of the tech bubble, investors infamously valued site viewers—or “eyeballs”—more highly than revenue. In one of the most dramatic examples of this, Yahoo purchased Web hosting site GeoCities for some $3.6 billion in January 1999—despite the fact that GeoCities’ expenses at the time were trumping the minuscule amount of revenue the company was taking in.

Yahoo overlooked the financials in favor of the fact that it was the third-most-visited site on the Internet. But as those visitors steadily disappeared, Yahoo’s decision looked the opposite of prescient.

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