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Big Drop? Doesn't Mean It's a Bottom


People are running scared in tech. Because people who own tech are learning the lesson of the oil drillers: Just because something is down so much doesn't mean it is done going down. Just because something is so low that it looks like it has to bottom, doesn't mean you shouldn't short it.

Last November, when the oil-service stocks took their drubbing, there was an overwhelming sense that it couldn't be this bad. All the analysts upgraded or stuck by their buys, giving you a totally false sense of security. Now most of these names are on the 52-week-low list and as

Mavis Scanlon

, an excellent



points out every day, neither earnings surprises nor mergers can help this group now. With crude below $13 you can kiss those stocks goodbye. And don't debate me on this; you are just dreaming and playing with hope if you take the other side of my logic. These stocks are still excellent shorts.

That's what went through my mind

yesterday when I saw the action in

Western Digital

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. Heck, Lattice was at its 52-week low and it still gave up nine points. I figured four-five at the most. I thought the only guys who owned Lattice were value guys who never sell -- you know, those

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types who stay on the bid side and ruin every hedge-fund manager's great short.

Western Digital, well, I'll be -- I thought the risk was completely out of this stock. Wrong!!! Rough stuff.

So we all huddle in Internet shares -- no earnings estimates, so no earnings to blow -- and a couple of hardware and networking names. And we cross our fingers.

That's not investing. That's hoping.

That doesn't cut it.

No wonder I like the drug and bank stocks so much.

James J. Cramer is manager of a hedge fund and co-chairman of

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