Calling all brand managers! Emergency!
Here we go again. Remember when all of those soft good companies told you not to worry after
clocked us? (although I
told you they were wrong).
Well, you just lost another 10% if you listened to them. These stocks are all incredibly heavy off of the
blowup and the
downgrade. I still see little "value" in the group as now will begin the slow reduction of all of these names from portfolio managers' funds in time to show that they knew to get out of these by the end of the quarter!
Yes, a wave of window dressing that will boost the
TheStreet.com New Tech 30) and take its toll on the consumer stocks still awaits us. If you have to bottom-fish, why not wait until the last week of capitulation? And what's behind this most recent decline besides the usual costs struggles? I think it is the
curse, the understanding that you can name your own price for a high-end product that tends to be the price of a low-end product.
Between consumers naming their own prices via priceline and Walmart naming its own price via its pricing power, there is no room for margins to do anything but contract.
What a change from the delightful '80s and '90s, when these stocks went up on takeovers, and the buying of
and index funds.
All three trends are now going against them.
: Volatility love affair continues. Take
. They couldn't give it away down 5 this morning, now they can't find any up 16!
put on a pretty good conference call on its anti-
initiative. Heck, if it is available for the holidays I am sure my kids will have it checked out at
James J. Cramer is manager of a hedge fund and co-founder of TheStreet.com. At time of publication, his fund was long Microsoft. His fund often buys and sells securities that are the subject of his columns, both before and after the columns are published, and the positions that his fund takes may change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Cramer's writings provide insights into the dynamics of money management and are not a solicitation for transactions. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he invites you to comment on his column at