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No sooner did I ask for it than I got it:


had been the drag.

It made so much sense. Gasoline at $3 and change. People feeling poor. The endless "my house is not going up in price" rap. And the maxed-out credit story that has been around for decades.



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, which had been one of the bad ones, pulls a BUD (meaning a company that we thought was doing badly that is actually optimistic, like


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) and

says things are good and getting better.

It is just what the vet -- the bull doctor only, of course, unless you want to euthanize a bear or two -- ordered. Now you can send up a critical group while others take a break.

Oh, and it doesn't hurt that


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gave you a little mojo, too, with an entirely predictable

upside surprise that, alas, was just surprising enough to move the stock up sharply.

What's all of this about? It turns out that much of the weakness we saw in mainstream retailers




calendar-related. Now we are back to a little more normal situation, and while it's not great, it isn't as bad as the stocks indicate.

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-- have truly been held down long enough.

Time to buy them, too.

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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Sears Holdings.

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