Soros Buys JCP Shares, It Must Be a Liberal Conspiracy
I made an attempt to contact conservative media tycoon Glenn Beck for his thoughts, but was only able to reach a gnome. Apparently, Beck, floating his second conspiracy theory in as many days, connects the Soros' purchase with JCP's stance on gay marriage .
Because you never know with Beck, I guess I have to explicitly state that I am joking.
In any event, why would Soros buy such a large chunk of JCP? Is there anything to indicate, on any level, that this company deserves long-term investment of any size? Consider that question rhetorical because it has the most obvious answer .
Beyond Soros's rationale, which we do not know and will never truly know (even if he goes public with media talking points), there's a scary aspect to this story. People -- rank-and-file retail investors -- will consider following Soros into this trade. In response to TheStreet's coverage of the Soros' news, we already have people pondering the question on Twitter:
Unless you're a nimble trader, run away. Soros -- intentional or not -- will set off the type of prolonged dead cat bounce we have seen in Best Buy
He buys. The media finds and over-reports the SEC filing confirming the purchase. The stock pops. That's phase one.
In phase two, the fairy tale kicks in. As we have seen with Best Buy, expect sentiment on JCP to turn mysteriously positive. The media will turn it into meme with story after story of the "turnaround" at JCP. The stock rises even higher.
Several months go by. Soros skims some profit. JCP's true colors show. The business crumbles again. He's rich. You're not. Move on the next target.
Now, I am not saying this is Soros's M.O. But, whether he's gaming the market or not is really beside the point. That's the way the dominoes fall when a guy such as Soros takes a large stake in a loser like JCP.
It's not like he's buying Apple