You can't hide in single-digit value plays. Two press releases on my desk today define that wisdom. One, from Office Depot (ODP) - Get Report, says that business stinks for a variety of reasons including a strong dollar. (What the heck, let's not forget rain and sunspots!) The other from Reliance (REL) , which people rode all of the way down betting that value will out, shows that the wait wasn't worth it. The long-awaited bid just wasn't worth it.

Single-digit stocks afford you no protection from declining

fundamentals. They are not a place to hide.

Random musings:

I'm just waiting for an analyst to say "Richard Braddock from


files to sell 500,000 shares. That is better than expected. We were worried he would file to sell a million shares!"

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