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Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner could mean it’s time to sell stocks

July 16, 2014, 6:25 PM UTC
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Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., arrives to a morning session at the Sun Valley Lodge during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Technology companies from Silicon Valley are expected to take center stage at this year's Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley conference as tech and media converge. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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News Wednesday of Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to buy Time Warner may have serious implications for your investments.

A chart from Art Cashin, the UBS director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange, was doing the rounds on social media Wednesday morning. It shows that the last two times Murdoch made a major acquisition, the deals came at market tops.

For instance the S&P 500-stock index, a broad market measure, fell shortly after Murdoch’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Chris-Craft in 1991, as well as after his $5.6 billion acquisition of Dow Jones in 2007.

Cashin’s chart (below) identifying these market moves first appeared online in a Tweet by Sara Eisen of CNBC.


The market is certainly primed for a pullback. The S&P 500 has rallied 7.2 percent so far this year and has hit fresh record highs recently amid better-than-expected corporate earnings, central bank stimulus and signs that the U.S. economy is strengthening. This summer the Dow Jones industrial average topped 17,000 for the first time ever.

Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox media empire reportedly bid $80 billion for the company that owns CNN and HBO, and which spun off Fortune owner Time Inc. in June.

In April, Fortune sat down with Murdoch to discuss his empire and his legacy.