Blodget Shelves Dot-Com Pom-Poms

In the first public call for American colonies to declare their
independence from Britain, Thomas Paine wrote of summer soldiers and
sunshine patriots. The famed pamphleteer referred to men who fought in the
Revolution who, when Winter arrived, scurried on home. In other words, when
the proverbial cow chip hits the fan, you’ll find out who’s-who.


Speaking of Henry Blodget…


The Net’s loudest raging bull saw it fit yesterday to wag his finger at the
sorriest, most downtrodden basket of dot-com no-names, in an effort to
boost his status as chief Wall Street sheepherder. His sweeping downgrade
included 24/7 Media , barnesandnoble.com
, BUY.COM , DoubleClick
, eBay , eToys , iVillage , Pets.com , Quokka Sports , Safeguard
Scientifics
, and Webvan .


Poring over this venerable who’s-who list, I almost couldn’t help but
chuckle. Did Blodget peer into his magic crystal ball or read the
mysterious tea leaves to arrive at this careful analysis? Or, I suppose the
fact that, all but three of his Internet stocks cited, trade woefully under
$10 a pop might have been a dead giveaway. Some prognosticator.


Armchair investors growing tired of analysts looking to make a name for
themselves rightfully gave Blodget’s so-called bombshell a collective yawn.
More than a third of his picks actually climbed higher on the downgrade
news, which seems appropriate considering most have nowhere to go but up.


And what of the newbie investors who originally were led to invest in this
most unfortunate group of deadbeats – perhaps on Blodget’s say-so alone?
Well, if you follow his advice, you know by now that you get what you pay
for. And in this case, with the average performer in the bunch 80% off its
52-week high, his message is clear – buy high, sell low.


I’m certain savvy investors needn’t be told that Blodget is simply
window-dressing with this latest cleaning out the barn move. He has to
sweep his record of eleven stinkers to make way for his next breathless
stock pick. But the old credibility factor is likely to take a black eye
this time around for his shameless timing.


Speaking of shameless timing…


Robby Stevens slapped its mandatory “buy” rating on divine
interVentures
, following the no-name incubator’s
quiet period close yesterday. Internet analyst Michael Graham opined, “We
believe incubators represent an attractive way for public investors to gain
access to the private markets, and believe Divine’s influence in its target
market enables excellent access to the next generation of technology
companies springing up from this region.”


I wonder if Graham really penned that fluff with a straight face. For the
unbiased skinny on Divine, minus the rose-colored glasses, surf on over to
Greedy to the Bone.”


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