GMI:+6; GDW; Shame on you, Cramer

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I was out late tonight and will not write extensively.  Suffice it to say that the GMI held steady at +6, but there were only 265 new highs.Gmi713_2 Only about one half of the Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 stocks rose, compared to 80% of the Dow 30 stocks.  The rally ebbs and flows. Note that GDW, one of the consistent long time winners I have talked about hit a new high today……………… 

Tonight I heard Cramer make the distinction between the short term trader and the investor.  Traders should cut their losses at 8% but investors who know the "true value" of stocks can buy on the way down.  What a prescription for disaster!  No one should average down and no one should let their losses on a purchase exceed 8%.  One could have bought Enron all the way down by being a true believer in the accounting statistics and the repeated optimistic company announcements.  By the time we outsiders learn the facts, the insiders and people in the know have already sold at much higher prices.   No amount of "homework" or research can protect us. That is why one must react to the stock’s behavior as seen in its price chart, not to the corporate propaganda. Shame on you, Cramer.

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