It's just one line in an otherwise terrific Realized Gains and Losses page from
, but I'll never forget the hoax: 30,000 Pair, -$26,877.
That's what you get for flying on instinct. I hadn't seen the story. I just heard the word on
bid. And I took stock.
A few minutes later, I'm listening to
spacious office and I see PAIR on the TV. I tell Jeff to make it louder, and sure enough, what I saw made me poorer.
"It's a hoax! It's a !@#$%^& hoax!" I screamed after Faber broke the story. "Kick out the PairGain."
Cyberdupe. Me. The guy who loves cyberspace. I cut my teeth on the
. I helped set up
. And I had been had.
So, of course, I kicked it out. What the heck did I know about PairGain other than it was in talks to be acquired? What was I supposed to do, find out about its book value? How are its orders? I couldn't believe I could buy something in line that had news like this. It didn't seem possible.
Don't worry, Mike -- it's not your fault. I am not going to blame you. I am sure somebody's lawyer will. I am waiting for some ambulance-chasers to say, Let's sue for Cramer's $26K, and we'll get a huge fee while he gets 45 bucks. An open-and-shut case.
What a world.
For more proof that you can't speculate on takeovers, look at
and then see my last
story on it. ... Get me into this latest dead-tree co-venture -- and fast!
The Wall Street Journal
The Financial Times
are getting together to open a daily in Russia. Hoo-hah!
James J. Cramer is manager of a hedge fund and co-founder of TheStreet.com. At time of publication, his fund was long Humana, although positions can 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.