Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Marathon Man

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As oil went on its biggest up-move in history, I had some concerns about the handful of energy-related shorts in my portfolio. Turns out, as I hoped, that it wasn’t worth wringing my hands over. Just because the commodity itself (crude oil) roars higher in price doesn’t necessarily mean great news for the companies which seek it or process it. Take Marathon Petroleum, for example, one of my shorts. Its down about 2.5% right now, and I think far lower prices are in store. The symbol is MPC:

Planet Fatness

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One of the standout momentum stocks of the past year has been Planet Fitness, but it’s become quite evident that a reversal of fortune has taken place. The topping pattern is complete, and even at these levels, the P/E ratio is more akin to a biotech startup than a company that sells memberships to people who sign up for the gym but don’t bother showing up.

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