2 weeks ago, we reiterated a previous Sell on Lehman Brothers (LEH). That worked out pretty well. Even with the Dow up 160 points today (after falling 1,000 points in only 14 trading sessions) Lehman cannot catch a bid and remains under pressure.
The LEH news is the management shuffle — CFO, COO out. I suspect more heads will roll, including Fuld’s. The bottom line is the Short sellers and bloggers were right, management was full of crap, and my friend Charlie Gasparino was –w ell, watch the video below.
Let’s go over the two calls from two weeks ago on CIT Group (CIT) and Lehman (LEH):
CIT is a break-even — you lost nothing by avoiding the stock. The Lehman Sell call was a jumbo winner:
If you avoided the stock, well, good for you! You stayed out of trouble;
If you sold it, Congrats! You just saved yourself a 30+% whackage.
And if you shorted it or bought put options, well, you should be covering half here, and letting the rest ride. Then you should visit this portion of my Amazon wish list. (Pick out something nice !)
Here’s the breaking news about the first heads rolling at Lehman (more to follow).
Sometime ago, my pal Charlie Gasparino quoted a CEO about how "the shorts were full of bullshit" on air. (were is that link?) or that "the shorts are getting desperate" or "the shorts are full of it."
As it turns out, not so much.
Charlie — who is buying me a beer next week — is now on CNBC, breaking the news, discussing Lehman’s CFO and COO, bloggers, shorts, and more. Charlie admits these guys were liars, and that they sandbagged everyone.
Dirty Tricks at Lehman?
Lehman posts Jumbo $3B Loss; To Raise $6B http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2008/06/lehman-posts-ju.html
Chart(s) of the Day: Bear Stearns & Lehman Bros http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2008/03/charts-of-the-d.html