Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Edge

Let's say that the fundamental nature of most of the stocks that were crushed yesterday had nothing to do with their crushing - just that when a beat-down happens during a riot everything gets beat and names are taken afterward.

Let's also posit that the crushing was a bit overdone - as seems to be the sober consensus this morning.

And even though Europe and Asia are still being crushed - Europe is looping back up and the futures are massive green. What does that leave us?

Well let's say that you were to write a filter and what you would look for were stocks that up until Monday had appreciated more than 25% in the past 66 days and dropped more than 5% yesterday. (All of these numbers are totally arbitrary). And if you did that what do you think you would find? A long list of stocks that up until yesterday most every body wanted to own.

Then let's say you then went through these stocks looking for ones with smooth, ever-rising closing prices for the past 6 months or so in the range of 15 to 35 dollars with high average volume and ones that you'd want to own too or maybe even ones you'd owned once in the past - what do you think you'd get out of that? About 30 matches among which we find -

AKS, RIO, TIE, TRA, GGB, PAAS, SINA, RYI, GRA, SSRI, ICON, DLX

And I'm calling this short list "my recovery portfolio" and let's see where it goes.

And if you think I am the only person who is doing this at this time of the morning (4:30 A.M. EST) you are nuts. There are 8500 fund managers out there who have ordered their minions to do the same thing - because we are all after the same thing - the edge.

2 comments:

Bullish Jim said...

Great post. You're right, I didn't see this one when I dropped by this morning. I still would have stubbornly bought SBUX, but you can bet I've added all these names to my study list for tonight. I've had great luck with TIE in the past for what it's worth.

QUALITY STOCKS UNDER 5 DOLLARS said...

That title best describes the market place.