The markets were able to break their recent string of down
Mondays, but we did close well off the earlier highs. There wasn't
much in the way of earnings out, and/or economic data driving the
action. Volume was also a bit on the low side.
As for stock specific stories, we'll get further in detail on
the Knight Capital/Best Buy situation below, but we did see Tyson
) pull back following their earnings release. Kraft Foods (
) had been higher as an analyst worked out a "sum-of-the-parts"
piece, but the stock gave back much of the session's gains to close
flat. Following positive comments from high-end luxury brand Prada,
competitors Coach (
), Ralph Lauren (
) and Tiffany & Co. (
) all racked up gains. Strange action, considering the recent
super-cautious outlook from Coach in the past few weeks.
Not the Type of "Investor" You Want to Become
What an interesting Monday we have! There are two big stories in
the news today and in both cases, "investors" were affected. The
first case is the carryover rescue story that started on Friday
regarding Knight Capital Group (
) and the trading mess that cut shares 60%, or down to $4 and
change by this past Friday's close. Over 100 million shares traded
on Friday (as opposed to barely a million or two shares that would
have normally traded), but those who took long positions into this
morning hoping for a bailout, attached to a premium offer, got just
the opposite. The shares are down another 25% on the plan the
company was set to sign off on. The business media is reporting
this as a blow to "investors". Notice how the term investors is
loosely thrown around. Instead of identifying them as speculators
(which is more of what they are), they group them up with
investors. Now if this is what investing is all about, we may all
need to look for a new term to describe how dividend investors and
those who seek assets that produce income should be called.
That brings us to the next big story of the day - Best Buy (
) confirming it has received an offer from the company's founder to
take the electronics' retail giant private in the $24-$26 price
area. Once again, "investors" are being touted, but this time as
beneficiaries of such a strong buy-out deal. Here's the thing.
Unless you kept bottom-fishing all the way down, this stock is only
trading up barely 20% from 10-year lows following this morning's
headlines. The all-time highs came in 2006 when the stock was
trading near $60 a share. Once again, the business media is out
putting a nice polish on what has been a lousy investment situation
for shareholders for the last six years.
With the markets retaining quite a bid underneath share prices,
"investors" must consider sticking to better quality investments
and not be distracted by what is "in play" on a daily basis. The
lure is hard to avoid if you are tuned into the daily happenings of
Wall Street, but one must find the discipline to maintain the
proper perspective needed to build wealth and avoid the pitfalls
that come along often in one's investing lifetime. We'll do our
best not only to share with our audience the investment ideas we
like, but also the ones that can produce severe damage to one's
wealth nest egg.
WBK was placed erroneously as a recommended selection this past
Thursday and we corrected it by putting it back at the 3.4 rating.
We always send out e-mail alerts whenever we do put a stock on the
recommended alert list, so please take note for future reference.
Although the stock is looking strong, we are not recommending it at
this time. Fortunately the stock is trading higher at this time, so
it is up to anyone who may have purchased the shares as to how
he/she may want to handle the position in his/her portfolio. We can
not offer you specific advice as to what action you may or may not
want to take with it.
We do apologize for the glitch that took place.
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