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Do you think he is sweating
as potential for a pre-emptive bankruptcy case? Do you think that he is bemoaning that he didn't sell his
? Do you think he is licking his Y2K wounds? Nah, he's buying the
Red Hots. The index, which I now have on my
portfolio tracker, is up 3% as I write, with only two stocks down and I hesitate to point them out because they were just up a second ago.
Once again we are seeing that amazing -- at least to this 44-year-old who thinks he knows something because he doesn't confuse
-- phenomenon where the shorts pile on the high-multiple techs when old hardware blows up and then the 27-year-olds ride in and torture us old guys with vicious takes of their favorite names.
These stocks correlate only with youth. They make me very angry because I still need an edge before I buy something and I can't find one with
up 60 points or
Had to share this angst with someone.
James J. Cramer is manager of a hedge fund and co-founder of TheStreet.com. At time of publication, his fund was long Conexant, Redback Networks, Qualcomm, Verisign, Exodus Communications, Cisco and IBM calls. His fund often buys and sells securities that are the subject of his columns, both before and after the columns are published, and the positions that his fund takes may 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