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Can you believe the number

AK Steel's

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doing on the bears? Don't the people at AK read the papers? Things are supposed to be


for the company, not good. What right do they have to talk things up?!?

It's not just AK. There's a vast conspiracy in steel to rally in the face what has to be a horrible outlook, doesn't it?

Of course, what's really going on here is something that went on with the homebuilders: the 6-7 multiple syndrome. When you get down to that level of valuation, you simply can't be shorted. It gets too hard. A good piece of news sets these stocks on a tear. A bad piece of news and the stocks do nothing. (Homebuilders rally on bad news, courtesy of the


reading the tape!)

AK Steel is dirt-cheap. So is

U.S. Steel

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. I talked

last night on "Mad Money" about the notion of thesis reporting. You actually believe

the boilerplate in

The Wall Street Journal

, so you short

Capital One

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. You believe in the steel glut so you short a basket of steels.

But what's left out is the valuations. This stuff reflects disaster. If you don't get disaster, then it's "to the moon, Alice."

Alice is going to the moon.

At the time of publication, Cramer was long Capital One.

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