At the top of Goldman Sachs' VIP List of 50 stocks most important to hedge funds is Apple...

At the top of Goldman Sachs' VIP List of 50 stocks most important to hedge funds is Apple (AAPL), followed by GOOG, ESRX, MSFT, QCOM, C, GM, PCLN, JPM and LMCA. Leading the list of the firm's top 50 short positions is JNJ, XOM, INTC, IBM, AMZN, T, CVX, VZ, DUK and DIS.

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    And how many of their short positions are naked like JPM !
    25 May 2012, 09:11 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    shorting solid divvy blue chips? stupid is as stupid does I guess.
    25 May 2012, 10:12 AM Reply Like
  • rickraff
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    I like their short list more than their long list...
    25 May 2012, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • sanbrunon
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    jp morgan stock will go to zero...dont buy dont buy.... ... my target on the sp500 825..... when we hit sp500 825 ..thats the time to buy buy buy.. gold 1150.. dollar 89. than 1 to 1 with euro
    25 May 2012, 11:08 AM Reply Like
  • old crank
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    I'm with you, rickraff
    25 May 2012, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • Jake Lewis
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    Why Duk?
    25 May 2012, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • romilar
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    Perhaps scared the ftc will put the kiboshski on thier union w/Prog....
    26 May 2012, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • mondfree01
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    Can't believe that the big blue chips on their short list are due for a BIG pullback. Is this an opportuinty to buy these on the cheap? I don't trust GS.
    25 May 2012, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Hawkeyes 2011
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    Here come the summer time doom and glummers!!! S&P at 825 suggested by goldbug sanbrunon is ....well....just nuts every summer time drags out the end of the earth folks. Trusting GS is not the issue is it? Nothing wrong with buying quality co's like APPL, QCOM, VZ , DUK or DIS. Think longer term not just another summer!!!
    25 May 2012, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • suryan
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    Why should Goldman make its trade public? What is the need? And are they going to pay the dividends in their short position?
    25 May 2012, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Of course they will have to pay those dividends. They aren't THAT special lol
    26 May 2012, 12:08 AM Reply Like
  • johnofarizonaoregon
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    If Goldman Sachs is short dividend stocks, they are probably selling puts against the short positions. "Covered puts" are similar to covered calls. By selling near and further out puts... they can possibly make more money than the dividends they have to pay out if they hold stock short when dividends are due.... plus, by having the short position, it does the same thing for them that it would do for an individual who is using margin to be long in some stocks, but bringing the margin balance to zero or near zero by being short in other stocks.
    26 May 2012, 04:35 AM Reply Like
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