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  • SodaStream International's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Very strange stock movement there! I was watching this one too.. and it really doesn't make sense without manipulation. One thought crossed through my mind, though perhaps a little on the conspiratorial side (but with the scandals these days who knows).. SODA stock is held predominantly by institutional investors, and the massive short position was set to lose a lot of money with a squeeze. Perhaps some of the same institutions are on both sides of the bet, and created a drop to get out of the position or cover cheaply, keeping in mind that the fairly small movement below opening price probably triggered a lot of stop-losses and caused the stock to plummet briefly (fueled by panic selling as well of course). Small-caps can do some weird things due to price manipulation, but I think this one is going to get a reasonable bounce back.
    Aug 8, 2012. 04:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Zalicus: History Tells Us It's Time To Buy [View article]
    Well, I think it depends on the broker service. If you use IB or one of the cheaper online brokers, it'll only cost a few dollars per trade. So it might add up.. but it's not exceedingly high. It's more of a day-trading strategy that reduces exposure to the volatile market swings that holding strategies can incur. To each his own really.. so long as your making money!
    Aug 8, 2012. 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At $50 Billion, Facebook Is Deeply Undervalued [View article]
    If they charged anything the hoardes would abandon facebook like rats from a sinking ship, and Google + would welcome them with open arms. Charging any subscription would completely destroy the company and expose the overall weakness of the whole model as the user base shrinks to Zuckerberg and whatever fake accounts he created for himself.
    Aug 2, 2012. 04:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • At $50 Billion, Facebook Is Deeply Undervalued [View article]
    I think what we have here is a facebook retail investor that was lured in by the hype and is justifying/pumping away, as if that makes any difference when it comes to facebook... it's not exactly a penny bio/mining stock. I just wish I shorted the damn thing!
    Aug 2, 2012. 02:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AIG is looking to repurchase a significant amount of its stock from the government, the WSJ reports, in a move that could reduce the government's 61% stake to below 50% by the autumn but would then bring greater Fed oversight. The Treasury and NY Fed have so far made a profit of $14B on the bailout of AIG, and that could top $18B by the fall.  [View news story]
    The only reason a profit is recorded on AIG is because the subprime CDOs have been unloaded from AIG onto money markets at higher values, but with the same underlying fundamentals that rendered them worthless in the first place. Personally, I wonder whether the subprime meltdown has changed anything, or if our policymaker/banker cartel is simply reloading the economy for the same kindof manipulation that built the subprime meltdown in the first place. We'll have at least one more meltdown before the fictitious money is flushed from the system, though who can say what the consequences of that will be.
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying iBio Makes Good Sense [View article]
    I'm not to keen on technical trading, but that is a bearish pattern... so why buy on it?
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At $50 Billion, Facebook Is Deeply Undervalued [View article]
    This is another tech bubble.. vastly over-valued companies based on prediction and speculation that they will somehow generate huge profits... and like any bubble, the absence of sanity. Everybody get on for the ride! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... and it's gone.
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At $50 Billion, Facebook Is Deeply Undervalued [View article]
    Here is the problem with this article, and the monetization of facebook in general. Who is the target facebook audience? Well.. it's people like me. I joined facebook in 2006, fairly early into its inception. Social networking interested me when it came to connecting with friends and / or attempting to get laid. I never once clicked a single ad, because unlike when I search Google, I am not using facebook to look for objects to purchase (which I often do on Google, hence advertising there makes sense).
    So monetization of facebook is tough in part due to the very nature of facebook.

    Problem 2: Facebook is overwhelmingly used by the 13-25 age group, and often it is only a fad... generally highschool and college students. The problem here is that these groups are also broke, and thus less likely to spend very much. Now that I am working, I barely use facebook. When I do check facebook, it seems like 2-5% (guessing here, but fairly accurate) of my 'friends' dominate the newsfeed. Hence a small number of people use it a lot, and a much larger group of people use it very little (basically to keep in contact with people I suspect).

    Problem 3: I have 4 or 5 accounts registered with facebook. I actually forgot about registering one, registered another more 'professional' account for any employers etc searching me, and registered a couple as jokes while drinking with friends in uni. Something tells me this is closer to the norm than many suspect. I never use 3-4 of them, and barely use my actual account.. although facebook definitely sends a lot of emails telling me to come check my account(s)! I know many people who have done the same.. actually most people who I have discussed this with have done the same! The facebook user numbers simply are not accurate as the number of fake accounts may be very high. Where is the verification?

    Conclusion: facebook is currenly over-valued by many times over. There needs to be some proof that this company can generate the profits appropriate to its current valuation, and this has not occurred... 'investors' are welcome to speculate on vastly overvalued stocks, but facebook will need to do quite well just to match it's current valuation, let alone grow substantially. And as a long-time user, I am not overly optimistic that this will occur. Also, watch for the end of the month when restrictions on insider selling are removed..
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:13 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Zalicus: History Tells Us It's Time To Buy [View article]
    Trading aapl from 550 to 555 58 times makes much more sense than gambling on speculative biotechs. If you have 20 shares of aapl, each $5 increase nets $100, and that happens on a daily basis.. many times over. So 58 times nets approx 50% return on money in 3 months. But aapl isn't a speculative stock with negative eps... so the likelihood of decline over the medium term is quite low (just take a look at the bounce back from a terrible earnings report). If you factor brokerage fees in, at a cheap discount you pay $10, and at the cheapest around $2. So how is that not profitable?.. not to mention much more secure than the biotech pump and dumps.
    Jul 31, 2012. 10:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying iBio Makes Good Sense [View article]
    Which technical pattern is that? Your comment does not make sense to me.. please elaborate.
    Jul 30, 2012. 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Zalicus: History Tells Us It's Time To Buy [View article]
    pump and dump time! let's get some fresh morons in there.. hold til it's at $3 ! ;)
    Jul 27, 2012. 04:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying iBio Makes Good Sense [View article]
    Nothing... just recycle whatever news (really just PRs) for the ol' in-out!
    Jul 27, 2012. 04:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tuesday's Top Biotech Chart: iBio Inc. [View article]
    Key words "as long as they make money".. for every individual who makes a buck from a pump and dump, someone loses a buck or more. By all means, if that is your trading strategy, then go for it. There are many people who try to follow the pump and dumpers to make some quick money, but I'm seeking to highlight the nature of the investment to people reading these kinds of articles. Stocklasar keeps saying "1-3 years" etc as timelines. This is nonsense and intended to mislead readers into buying into something that is very different from what is being advertised, and ultimately lose them substantial sums of money. These are classic pump and dumps and you have to be early in and quick on the trigger or you lose big. This would be a more appropriate title for these articles.
    Jul 25, 2012. 02:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tuesday's Top Biotech Chart: iBio Inc. [View article]
    I'm watching Ibio, and the patterns of trading are strange. Investors should be very weary of this kind of trading pattern, as this resembles a classic pump and dump. The stock is trading at around 5x average volume, but with no significant news or driving factors. Press releases don't count as significant news. And it is being pumped up by guys like this, and potentially in a variety of mediums (anybody who looks at pennystock newsletters knows what I'm talking about). Investors need to realize how easy it is to manipulate the price and movement of small-cap stocks like this. Average volume is between 100,000 and 200,000 on a stock with a valuation that hovers around $1. This means that anybody with a couple hundred thousand and a network to churn the stock to create higher volume and price spikes can manipulate the value of the stock with ease. Pump articles combined with exposure due to rapid gains creates an artificial buzz around the stock and sucks in novice investors seeking to make a quick buck. The problem for the smaller investor is that you are essentially betting against the house. The pumpers are able to artificially spike the value, and take profits along the way. They accumulate a significant number of shares and essentially control the value of the stock. Once sufficient profits are achieved in the pump phase, the pumpers short the stock and sell. The sale period creates a lot of downward pressure, and profits are also realized in the collapse. Be wary of this kind of price movement on small-caps.
    Jul 25, 2012. 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tuesday's Top Biotech Chart: iBio Inc. [View article]
    stock picking dart throwing monkeys are a rare commodity.. just look at stocklasar here!
    Jul 25, 2012. 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment