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I read that Dell is wrapping up plans to go private at something like $13.50 per share. It's stunning to me that Michael Dell is worth about $16 billion, considering Dell's market cap isn't much higher than that. I can assume that Mr. Dell (very wisely) dumped stock into public hands in exchange for cash long ago when it was trading much, much higher, thus yielding the giant net worth.
The amazing thing is that DELL crossed its "buyout price" back in February 1998 (for perspective, Mark Zuckerberg was thirteen years old and probaby just sporting his first pimple at that time). It was, in the late 1990s, and ungodly amazing stock, soaring to nearly $60. But, similar to the Nikkei 225, it pretty much is down 75% and hasn't looked back.
(Note from Tim: this was submitted to Slope earlier today, when HLF was geting killed) It shouldn’t be
this easy to make money…
first plunged in January, I raced Speed Retirement Trader readers into the
position as fast as I could.
As of this writing (I have to say that, in case the powers that be decide to do something), the markets are down, aided in small part by the Euro doing something it hasn't done in eight months: falling. It's down almost 1%, but the real question is whether it'll cut beneath its breakout line; a dip below 1.3478 would damage this breakout severely enough to give the bears hope.
I've seen a smattering of articles urging people to buy Japanese stocks based on the very bizarre logic that the Nikkei was at 40,000 in 1989 and it's at 12,000 now, so it must be a great buy (these numbers are rough guesses, but I'm not going to bother getting the precise figures; you get the idea). Looking at EWJ, it seems to me that, by and large, Japan is trapped in a trading range, and we're on the high end of the range now, so it should be shorted.
I've been a raving HerbaLife (HLF) bear for months, and although I had absolutely no opinion of Carl Icahn up to about ten days ago, after the Ackman-Icahn slugfest, I decided Ackman (bearish on HLF) was a sharp, classy, intelligent investor whereas Icahn (bullish on HLF) was an abrasive loudmouth. I'll say it again: I'm with Ackman.