The lag in this market is frightening. Didn't everybody know that
was down? I must have heard it a hundred times today and seen it twice that amount.
But it wasn't until
announced what I thought everyone knew that the proverbial bid hit the fan. (Can you imagine if someone had told
? Can you imagine what she would have done with her 9:30 spot, where she regularly moves stocks 2 or 3 points, if she had this call?)
How can the market be so imperfect? How could the buyers of eBay -- and were they ever buying it this morning -- be oblivious to this Achilles' heel as they took stock up to 95-97. Don't they use the darn thing?
Of course, maybe they were thinking that eBay has an analyst meeting Monday and that it will all be glowing. Maybe they think that the Net is finished going down. Maybe they don't even care!
Whatever the reason, it sure makes the game tough. Now will people blame
for the problem so I can buy some of that at cheaper prices?
Gee, this market can be stupid. Now watch these jokers take
on that bad Fen-Phen news to make my life even tougher!
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