One Man's Leverage Problem
Leverage has been featured in my posts more then once. I put days upon days into writing "Six Degrees of Leverage."
Well, today I saw a story about one man's leverage problem, notably a "Margin Call." This oil executive had to sell many shares in two companies, CONNACHER OIL AND GAS LIMITED, CLL:TSX and PETROLIFERA PETROLEUM LTD, PDP:TSX.
One ended up 64% down, the other 86% down.
Read between the lines on this article and it looks like this guy was force to sell on margin shares purchased for $9 for about $2.50.
Quite potentially he still owes money...
Connacher is a stock that has been on my watch list for two years now. I couldn't figure out how it makes money, so I didn't buy it. I didn't say it never makes money, but rather I couldn't figure out how it makes money. I learned about various stocks and industries by putting hours upon hours of research. I have never committed the time to oil and gas stocks so I've just watched.
This is not a buy recommendation, but these two stocks now definitely have a story that interests me. They are down massively. They have a hard luck story about massive sales driving the price down. They are in an industry that although I think will be battered some due to demand destruction from people having to cut back, longer term it is a good industry.
Where I see real caution is when I look at the 5 year graphs. The 5 year graphs suggest these stocks may have been highly bubbled. The current prices, or lower, have been seen in the last 5 years. The article mentions "new issue" so that means there are more shares then there used to be.
I am still watching the market and I feel too lazy to do actual research here, but if I was serious about buying right now these would be on my research list, which is not necessarily the same as a buy list.