BEAR mode. we are sitting at a 4 year low for what reason? If I remember well earnings today are far better than 4 years ago. The SOXX index 4 years ago was sitting around 300-350 range and today 4 years later SOXX is at 460 which is 30% higher and MXIM is flat for 4 years. From August 2005 to today MXIM is exactly 30% lower??? What an investment return!!!!