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Let the Plate Smashing Begin
Frankly, you are lucky that the European banks did not let you go belly-up and put the whole mess out of its misery. It would also have taught a lesson to other EU nations in trouble. Still, at least today, in the U.S. we can sing “Greece is the word…”. (Forgive my pun.) I recognize that a default would have whacked the hell out of already leveraged balance sheets in Europe and around the world. You are not out of the woods but I am more worried about Spain and Italy, each of which has a GDP that is 5 and 7 times larger than Greece. They have ridiculous unemployment and housing crises, financial crises, etc. as well.
For now, you have at least given us some hope that some of the external nonsense that has been plaguing the market will subside, for at least a day or too. It looks for a little while that it is cause for celebration. We still have to get our butts in gear and keep Spain and Italy from repeating your mistakes. I don't really trust the powers that be across the pond, but I am hopeful that this is the first step in stemming a bloodbath. Thanks again. May the plate smashing begin!
Tis the Season
For those of you looking for a quick buck, this may be your week. But if you are willing to look out a little further, keep this in mind…it is window dressing time.
Tis the season for yet another round of portfolio window dressing and speculative bets. The window dressing usually starts around the first week of the last month of the quarter, but with some mutual fund fiscal years ending in June, and the wackiness of the market, we are in the center of that period today.
Portfolio window dressing is a portfolio manager’s way of hiding his bad investments and making it seem as if his good investments were sound. Basically, it is a tried-and-true method of making poor performance appear as if it is the fault of the general market rather than poor stock-picking skills.
The first quarter of the year was extremely strong, especially for NASDAQ and small cap stocks. However, the second quarter has been anything but strong. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index has declined by roughly 8.4% thus far this period. So what professional money managers are doing right now is selling their losers (lest they be listed on their holdings page), and buying the winners of the quarter. The bigger the name, the better it is for them and if it is a recent winner that is a bonus.
We constantly preach about selling losers, buying winners, following the charts, momentum, etc. Latch on to some of the recent winners or “brand name” winners and you could ride the coattails of the big boys.
It is also a good idea to use this opportunity to sit on a little bit of cash ahead of the start of the third quarter on July 2nd. Now it may be a little tricky, and volumes may be a bit erratic since July 4th takes place on a Wednesday this year. However, the second week could see some real action.
In the meantime, as you identify winners for the quarter that appear to be under accumulation don’t succumb to the lure of pure speculation which even some pros do this time of year for a quick trade.
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Two weeks ago we profiled 2 stocks leap an average of over 30%. Last week was a bit more difficult, but we still had 3 stocks rise an average of 15% in just days, such as Zynga (NASDAQ- ZNGA) and one 29% winner.
ZNGA still looks good and the big winner is getting pricey but may still have some legs...
KIT digital, Inc. (NASDAQ – KITD - $4.70) announced that it is engaged with several parties regarding a potential sale or merger. The stock is down big time in 2012 as the tide has turned against it. As a result, there have been a number of changes in senior management in just the past 2 months.
The Company, based in Prague, provides end-to-end video asset management software and related services to around 2500 enterprise and media clients.
Until next week…
Analyst: Robert Goldman
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