9 stocks you may have bought too soon

Two days ago was the wrong time to jump into these high fliers.

By Jim Cramer Oct 9, 2013 10:57AM

Microphone on a lectern with a line graph © Image Source/PhotolibraryThey are cracking the squeezes. Always happens about this this time in the sell-off. You begin to see how everything highflying trades together and sells off together. That's why Yelp (YELP), LinkedIn (LNKD), Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) can be clobbered all at once. Notice how Celgene (CELG), Regeneron (REGN), Biogen Idec (BIIB) and Gilead (GILD) are also being hammered.


That's just the way it is. These were shorted and shorted and shorted, and the stocks just kept going higher. At last they have broken the fever and are experiencing one of their regular paroxysms of pain.


I am reading on Twitter @Jimcramer right now about how I am killing people in these stocks. Let me be very clear about this: If you bought these stocks on me, you should have made a ton of money, unless you bought them two days ago, when I was definitely telling you that I was raising cash and that if you are buying now you are buying too early.


That's OK, I know the truth: Very few people on Twitter read me here. Some, but not many, watch "Mad Money." Most just read Twitter!


Blaming me for recommending about the best investment ideas I have ever had is fine with me. Be my guest. The main thing you need to know, though, is that after three to four straight days of this pain, you tend to get a bottom. That's when the short-sellers smell blood and go after these stocks that have been such horrendous shorts. That's when the longs who aren't nimble finally blow out these stocks. That's when the Johnny-come-latelies take a loss. Now we're only on day two of the selloff, so the idea of coming in and being a hero here has not been a good idea. It is just too early to buy.


Second, when you do go in, recognize that these stocks are coiled springs, but get the most bang for the buck by using deep-in-the-money calls.


Third, recognize that these declines are always so violent that they shake out everyone who is experienced about the way the stock market works -- hence the anger that comes from the left field of Twitter.


Fourth, the analysts will not come out of their foxholes to defend these stocks until after they bounced. They will be of no help.


Finally, understand that there is probably nothing "wrong" at any of these companies. Nothing fundamentally has changed. But how we view stocks through the prism of the government shutdown and how we viewed them before are two different things. If we go into a hard recession -- which is what looks to be the betting line today -- then people will pull in their horns and try to shed their riskiest equities, these highfliers.


So accept what the market does. Recognize that it probably isn't over yet. You want to take gains -- or losses if you just bought them two days ago? Makes sense if you are worried about the next couple of days,. Otherwise, find your deep-in-the-money call contract out until next year, and get ready, in a day or two, to buy. 


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Oct 9, 2013 2:01PM
I really think the Republicans should suggest full participation in the ACA. Get rid of the exemptions include all the politicians. This way they contribute and really the stinking law has a better chance of making a difference with the opt'ed out people back in.... JMHO ..and if the politicans have to be in it maybe they will fix it.
Oct 9, 2013 11:06AM
Very few people on Twitter read Cramer here?  I'd bet the inverse is true too - of the folks that read Cramer here, very few of them follow him on Twitter, or anyone else for that matter.

Oct 9, 2013 12:05PM


We have a president who is close to becoming a dictator

In today's issue: While veterans are being turned away from Washington, D.C., war memorials and park rangers are trying to keep citizens from visiting Mount Rushmore, Obama is allowing union organizers and illegal aliens to protest on the Mall.

Savage is outraged that "men who fought in wars have no First Amendment rights, but non-citizens do."

"We have a president who is close to becoming a dictator," Dr. Savage said to his audience, adding:
Why do many people feel that way?

Is it irrational? Is it racism, as the left would claim?

The National Mall was closed to World War II and Vietnam vets, yet this president has opened it up to illegal aliens, so they can hold a rally.

They told us it was closed due to the government shutdown.

Now the National Park Service has confirmed this "immigration reform" protest can take place at the Mall.

Let's see if I've got this straight: Men who fought in wars have no First Amendment rights, but illegal aliens do?

Obama is encouraging this.

Of course, he's the same president who encouraged the overthrow of a legitimate government in Egypt, and a dictatorial one in Libya which nevertheless was no direct threat to us.

We don't have a presidency so much as we have a crypto-communist dictatorship in the making or an overt one.

Oct 9, 2013 12:44PM
I wonder if the surfin food stamp boy signed up for ObummerCare out in Cali yet?
Oct 9, 2013 12:39PM
I am seeing our guberment kind of like Faceplant.  So much in DC is counterintuitive now. So many things seem back a$$ward.  Like are these cats running the show actually Americans?
Oct 9, 2013 1:40PM

Remember even Obama chanted about the folks going bankrupt because of health expenses and not having adaquate insurance. Surfin Food Stamp Boy types don't go bankrupt. The folks that are in danger of that for the most part still will be or forced into buying something they used to feel like they could not afford.

Oct 9, 2013 11:48AM

It didn't take long for Wall street traders to switch their manipulation from Yellin back to the debt ... it will be back to tapering next ... then ... the manipulation goes on and on and on ...

Oct 9, 2013 12:43PM
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Oct 9, 2013 12:42PM
Twitter 12 billion market cap ....... brain farts from a collection of morons and those too stupid to be classified as morons (abs) ......

Never looked at a tweet in my life and likely never will !!!
Oct 9, 2013 12:37PM
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Oct 9, 2013 1:20PM
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Oct 9, 2013 3:29PM
You mean this is not the summer of recovery ?
Arab Spring, maybe ?
The economies NOT actually getting better ?
 who would've thunk it ?

Oct 9, 2013 11:22AM
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Oct 9, 2013 1:31PM
I guess the liberals are thinking ......... well something is better than the nothing the Republicans offered.... I really don't believe that. The way it was is better than what we have coming on. The people I knew that I thought deserved better when it came to health insurance don't seem to be getting much relief through this law. That is folks that make 40000 to 50000 a year and their company did not offer insurance. The policies they could get were either too expensive or had huge deductibles. I really don't see that changing. Tell me if I am wrong. The only ones making out are "Surfin Food Stamp Boy" types.
Oct 9, 2013 4:10PM
I logged in as Limo Pat on the web site........... you would of thought I just entered the room at a family reunion.
Oct 9, 2013 12:18PM
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Oct 9, 2013 4:44PM
Hey Bond ?
Weren't you going to show me Papa Doc's Harvard transcripts ?
I mean , you DID say he received the "highest honors"
Did you pull that outta your a$$ , too ?

Oct 9, 2013 3:59PM
Pump and Dump ... as forecast    The manipulators excellled today ... Obama, Boehner, Reid, Bernanke ... all gave them soundbites to exploit. Volume took another hit.  The market is slowly dying ...
Oct 9, 2013 3:56PM
Speaking of drug stocks Mr. Cramer,  what is the situation with the FDA and approval of generic drugs from India. Any investment opportunities there?
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