Discussion in 'Stocks' started by Kaempferrand, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Started to drop off on around mid-June and has been on a deep continuous slide. Hit an all time low today at 8.84. Very tightly tied to GM and Ford. The recent steep drop of AN is due to the problem(s) at GM. Lampert couldn't this time around to purchase more shares like he did in past months before because of a bad move/lock down bottom feeding acquisition of SLM.

    Hmmmm..... Lampert's SHLD and AZO are also on a downward slide. Has been looking and tracking his portfolio for a few months now starting in March of this year. Also very secretive in terms of any news on his positions.
  2. lukematt


    Regarding Bill Gates' investment in AutoNation (symbol: AN), a person on AN's discussion board at Google Finance posted this comment: wrote:
    > old news-- why do they keep replaying it?? Feels like a pump and
    > dump. stocks up 85% with bad reports and 1.4 bil in write downs .
    > Definite pump and dump... Wayyyy to many replays on old news.

    Here's my additional input...

    Bill Gates bought a large stake in Pacific Ethanol (symbol: PEIX) when the share price was high, and many normal shareholders got sucked in by the "Bill Gates" name.

    Gates didn't even pay the market price when he bought his PEIX shares. From the Seeking Alpha article entitled "Bill Gates Invests In Ethanol Plants Via Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)" dated November 30, 2005:

    "The price per share of the transaction was at about a 20% discount
    versus the closing price on the 15th, when the deal was announced."

    Then, (of course) PEIX's share price crashed.

    Gates sold some shares at the bottom, presumably to make the normal shareholders feel better.

    From a article dated June 26, 2008:


    "Cascade Investments LLC, the personal investment vehicle of Microsoft
    billionaire Bill Gates, has sold about 2 million shares of Pacific
    Ethanol stock over the past three months, roughly half its initial $84
    million investment in the company in 2005."

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think Gates got rich by buying high / selling low.