These broker stocks trade as if the underwritings that so many venture capitalists and entrepreneurs were banking on are done, just plain done. I look at
and I think --hmmm, nice proxy for the underwriting business -- and this stock is tanking, just tanking. Same with
. Just plain horrible. (Now,
is the weekend to shop for a Hamptons house!!)
It is funny, all of these strategists said over and over again that no bull market was ever killed by too much supply.
It is supply that has us in such terrible throes. The supply of the last few months keeps coming up as if it were so much peptic acid or cesspool backup. One hundred points ago
did a secondary. Talk about a hot potato! How about that
secondary priced a fortnight ago at $27? It is at 9. Remember that secondary of
in February at $80. It's now at 30.
That's horrible. That's much nastier than what I saw in '87. We are kidding ourselves if people think we are about to have a crash. For the holders of these pieces of merchandise
we have already had one
We haven't committed more capital since
the last piece.
and I are debating
heatedly. Todd-o wants to do another round of buys, perhaps as much as $10 million worth. Jeff and I think that is just bottom-calling and we won't engage in it. We won't buy until we exceed the previous low.
If it hangs out here for another half-hour we probably compromise with an addition of $5 million.
It is too late to sell anything.
I just heard Jeff answer the phone, "Jeff's candy store, how can I help you?" Hmmm, maybe we are lower than I think!! (LOL)
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