Looks like we finally found out where the inflation is hitting: the buyers of pulp and paper and fuel. This
call was dreadful and a real sandbagging -- as well as a massive eye-opener.
The rising costs of fuel (oil at $30 does matter!) and pulp and paper --
anyone? -- have knocked off millions from the bottom line of PG. The Street will go from loving it to hating it this a.m. The transition will be brutal.
Me, I am thinking opportunity. I am adding to my pulp and paper positions as this call verified that the long-awaited price increases are sticking. And I am continuing to stay away from the
and the rest of the soft-goods guys. Maybe even buy some
puts, the puts on the
index for consumer stocks.
didn't go up after
said it was in talks to be acquired by P&G yesterday. It was total fiction! Hoo-hah!
Good call on KMB by me
yesterday. No one else will point it out.
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