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Five-dollar and ten-dollar stocks don't trade like
There. Now I have explained a mystery that continues to confound newer investors.
I have been adamant that speculation should be a part of your daily investing regimen. I want you to get involved and I want you to stay involved, and that means having fun and having some excitement with 20% of your portfolio.
So, when I mention a stock like a
, I mean them to be in that part of the portfolio as the specs that can keep you in the game and make you some big money.
I mention all of these because they are now stalled. They are all digesting stock issuance or merger issues. They all have supply out there. Supply can weigh heavily on a stock, particularly with a Dynegy, where
just dumped 96 million shares on the market at $9.70. That's a real stench.
What to do? I think that this behavior is typical of stocks that have had big moves,
even as the enterprise values are increasing
This pattern exists with all comeback stocks that have had big moves. You have to accept it. When they back off, you have to buy more unless something has changed.
I changed my opinion on
after big runs because of changes at the top. I have not changed my views of Level 3, Dynegy or Rite Aid because I have
to do so. Everything I want to have happen -- the Eckerd deal, broadband shortage, power plant shortage -- is happening or playing out.
I don't know what to do other than stay the course when the fundamentals are working.
I hope that helps. I don't want to handhold on spec stocks, but I need to do that on these. I accept the responsibility, but I also think that people who own these should not be relying on me from here. They should be doing the work on the fundies themselves. If they can't, ring the register and find something you can tolerate.
It's a different world, a younger world. Go watch
my series of videos with Cliff Mason introducing his
new column. It is so heretical that I shudder. But I was an icon-smasher 20 years ago. Now I am an icon; I need to be smashed, too. ...
, the June 230 puts are being sold furiously. That's going to push the stock back to $230, where I believe it will settle. ... Why do people continue to doubt
?!? They are just plain silly and do no work.
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Goldman Sachs.
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