We must be near to something. I actually debated purchasing Dell (DELL) - Get Report with Jeff just now. No, not a Dell Pentium III, but the actual stock. Dell simply isn't as expensive as it once was. It has some of my favorite analysts behind it.
But we could not agree to pull the trigger. We just like too much other stuff. That said, this was the first time since we exited the stock that we felt it had reached a level where you could make a case for the stock.
Yeah, it feels like we are trying to put in a bottom. But it is only 12:30, and we haven't even gotten through the 2 p.m. sell hour. How can we get aggressive before that automatic swoon? No way.
So, what are we doing? Heck, listening to
, making calls on
, trying to figure out whether to be more aggressive with telco-tech in light of the
selloff. (These folks buy a lot of telco-tech, so we have to pay attention.)
And we are waiting. Waiting for the time to pass. We have bought stock at these levels. We don't know if they will hold. If they do, we will have committed some capital. If they don't, we will buy more after we see how the market takes the sell hour.
Frankly, it's nice to be batting around Dell again. Dell's like the home team for us. Nah, check that. I'm from Philadelphia. What has a home team ever done for me?
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