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Of course, the selling in these names seems overdone. But the pattern of disappointment is pointing to multiple down days before we see any stability.

That seems to be our fate right now. Better to refocus on the dividend plays and circle back to the names that have done well. Because dwelling on which names have done badly has not been a particularly rewarding strategy for this particular earnings period.

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A Trifecta of Wrong

Posted at 7:27 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 19

Maybe the holders know nothing? Maybe they are spooked at every turn? Maybe they are all micro guys turned macro? Maybe the research out there is so bad that they make decisions based on faulty information?

How else can we explain these postmarket moves on OK earnings?

The first, IBM (IBM), is incredible. I heard endless chatter that the quarter would be missed because the revenue would be weak. At the same time there was a relentless downbeat tone about the chart. The chart! Sure enough, sales fell 3%, but the number's $15.10 now, not $15.00, and when you have a stock that's cratered like IBM on what was supposed to be an earnings miss, revenues being the incomplete way of looking at this software and consulting company, you get the kind of ramp we see this morning.

How about eBay (EBAY)? For weeks some research outfit I will not deign to even mention had been peddling a story about really soft merchandise sales. Every time the stock would lift I heard the rumor and it always seemed so rigorous. It was all phony. Although the charitable trust is in it for PayPal, merchandise sales were fabulous. I am blaming a bogus call out of a house that needs commission business for this one.

Then there is Mellanox Technologies (MLNX). This is a tech company that fills a hole in big data/cloud equipment that has been ceded to it by Intel (INTC), its companion in the data center through Intel's powerful Romley chip. I featured this one on "Mad Money" recently, suggesting that it could be the home run again for the second half of the year after blowing away numbers the previous quarter.

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