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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013 Feb 19, 2013 - 04:16 PM GMT

By: PhilStockWorld

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OK, cheating a bit here.

I started this article on Friday and we were reviewing Anthony Mirhaydari's list as it's an excellent jumping-off point for contemplating the current market situation. I ran out of time on Friday, as I hadn't intended to get into such a major topic at first, so we're going to finish the list off this morning and discuss on this market holiday below (also, there was lots of good stuff in weekend Member Chat – see the end of Friday's comments):


Since it is Friday Monday Tuesday, and a holiday weekend, let's review something we discussed in yesterday's Member Chat – which was an article by Anthony Mirhaydari titled "10 Big Worries About This Market."

Now Anthony's a smart guy so I review this out of respect but we all need to keep in mind that a lot of people are "bearish" for a lot of the wrong reasons and, since this is a list of 10 good ones – it's worth taking a hard look at them.

Before we begin, I just want to mention another smart bear who is being backed into a corner today – poor Bill Ackman is being taken to the woodshed for daring to piss off Carl Icahn, who disclosed a 13% stake in HLF today and sent the stock flying up 22% pre-market. There is nothing worse than a short squeeze when you are bearish and the worst part is, to get out of the trade you have to capitulate by BUYING the stock you hate – thereby adding to the run-up.

While we all know Bill Ackman has a litany of very good reasons to be short HLF – who cares if more people are buying than selling – especially when one or two of the buyers are so big they totally overwhelm the sellers? The whole market is like that – it's all about sentiment – until it isn't. Our job is only to know when the wind is changing so we can get out. We're not here to fight the battles with the big boys.

"Can we rally on?" asks Mirhaydari – and he acknowledges the Fed and other Central Banks as the primary driver of the rally but he also premises his outlook on what he believes is a coming Global Recession (or the continuation of one we only papered over…

- Phil

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Philip R. Davis is a founder of Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com), a stock and options trading site that teaches the art of options trading to newcomers and devises advanced strategies for expert traders. Mr. Davis is a serial entrepreneur, having founded software company Accu-Title, a real estate title insurance software solution, and is also the President of the Delphi Consulting Corp., an M&A consulting firm that helps large and small companies obtain funding and close deals. He was also the founder of Accu-Search, a property data corporation that was sold to DataTrace in 2004 and Personality Plus, a precursor to eHarmony.com. Phil was a former editor of a UMass/Amherst humor magazine and it shows in his writing -- which is filled with colorful commentary along with very specific ideas on stock option purchases (Phil rarely holds actual stocks). Visit: Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com)

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