I purchased CSIQ at $10.05. Above is today's chart. The little turbo boost you see was due to an innocuous news story that came out to explain why all the solar plays were going zonkers. I sold it around 2 p.m.
Why? I'm going to refrain from calling myself a name. Seriously, though, I think that this market is too frothy for the fundamentals. But I say that recognizing that I have a distinctive bias. An interesting question to ask yourself when you are steeped in your own bias is what would you have to believe to be true to change your current mindset. I'll make a stab at that. I would have to believe that...
- jobless claims would not increase. I think that they will increase due to the effects of the slowdown in builders and all of the other supporting industries to that critical sector.
- interest rates would be stable or decline. I don't see stability in interest rates. I see upward pressure due to USD and inflationary pressures. Also, that commodities are increasing is troubling to me for I think that puts pressure on the consumer.
- the consumer would have to remain strong. Income growth is not keeping up with the price of things: housing, gasoline, food and healthcare--the things that we mere mortals have to buy to keep our families fed and sheltered with some measure of safety.
- corporate spending would have to backfill for the consumer (presuming of course that the consumer falters). So far, corporations have been tightfisted except for buying back stock and compensating the heck out of their CEO's.
- all of the things that I think are going to be an issue really will be an issue, but much later, and there is still some juice to goose. Okay....I'll give this one a tepid thumbs up.
So this is the backdrop in which a stock run up of 20+% (and then later go on to be up 38% in a matter of an hour later) just a few days makes me nervous. If I felt more positive about the overall market, I would have stood steadfast. And understand, if I cannot feel comfortable with holding these types of gains, I'll never hit the proverbial home-run stock.
I also did another hard thing. I picked up some FMD on the debacle. It looked like a genius thing to do at one point during the day; then its IQ regressed. We'll see in a couple of days. I've generally had good luck stepping into the fray.
So I write this to share my quandries--and by sharing my quandries, you'll be sure to always remember that none of this is ever investment advice, but rather an exposition.