Strikes Could Help Form a Bottom - TheStreet

This column was originally published on RealMoney on May 17 at 11:19 a.m. EDT. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.

Look at this classic pinning!

UnitedHealth

(UNH) - Get Report

at $45 despite all the negativity.

Altria

(MO) - Get Report

at $70 even though we had a big court win.

Procter & Gamble

(PG) - Get Report

at $55. Mind you, these all will be rounded to within 5/8 of a dollar of the strike, which is where you get exercised.

It goes on:

On and on.

With the exception of

Boeing

(BA) - Get Report

,

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

,

AIG

(AIG) - Get Report

and

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

-- the day is still young with that last one -- I see it everywhere. What makes me think that shakeout is the last one is that many of these stocks are on the other side of the strike, the lower side, which means that the puts will be sold and the stocks will be forced back up to the strike, which is

higher

than where the stock is now.

That's a good sign. It is a sign that we should be able to hold or rally from these levels as the put-selling kicks in.

Thin gruel, I know, but at least it shows how a bottom could be formed.

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