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You asked for it. You asked for what some would regard as irresponsible, but others would describe as prudent. You asked for the Dirty Dozen that the shorts are operating on, and here they are:
IndyMac ( NDE)
Fremont General ( FMT)
American Home Mortgage ( AHM)
Gramercy ( GKK)
Accredited ( LEND)
Thornburg Mortgage ( TMA)
Notice that I'm not including
( NFI), which is on its deathbed. I am also not including
, which is also, to me, a goner.
Accredited is still alive, but I believe not for long, at least in this current form.
I do not believe that
( CFC) is in trouble, although both are not done going down.
is in trouble, but it's been crummy for so long, I guess it doesn't matter. I do believe that
is still a bleeding hole but I would no more short
off this stuff, although a lot of others will.
Do I think that all of the Dirty Dozen will go out of business? That's not the question. I'm saying that these are the shorted stocks. If you think that some of them have liquidity problems, then you short them to zero. If you think that they don't, wait a week and buy them.
Now, most important:
I would not own a single one of these myself.
I feel badly about including some of these. RAIT is run by Betsy Cohen, an old friend from Philadelphia. The IndyMac people are adamant that they're not in trouble, but so were the Accredited people, and I believed in that. But this is what shorts are gunning on, so why not tell people?
OK, there you have it. Use it for what you will. But I wanted you to have the short operating list because the shorts are not stopping, not one bit.
And they are in control.
Oh and let this be an end to the thinking that I've been a Pollyanna. You don't put this list out if you are a Pollyanna, particularly because Thornburg and IndyMac are pretty well-run. And a Pollyanna wouldn't include a company like Friedman Billings, which people don't even realize has problems.
This problem is nasty, and we're not done with it yet. In my opinion, as each one of these crashes, the futures will be down big and we will lose 200
points. Lot of points.
Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider Fremont General, Accredited Home Lenders, NovaStar Financial and ECC Capital to be small-cap stocks. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.
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