Best Buy's Collapse Was Not A Surprise To This Man

Tyler Durden's picture

It would appear that the meteoric 300% rise of Best Buy's shares last year was promoted to the general investing public as the renaissance of the on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy warehouse store and sure enough, the world and his mom piled in to chase the momo higher and higher... until today. With a 30% tumble this morning, those momo-chasing moms and pops may be less enamored to buy-the-dip but there was one 'smart-money' insider who was selling as fast as retail was buying. Co-Founder Richard Schulze (who indicated in August he would be selling to 'diversify' his holdings) piled out of the stock through most of the fourth quarter (at a level well above this morning's opening print).



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SilverIsKing's picture

This one was so obvious I'm mad at myself for not loading up on put options ahead of earnings.

Stackers's picture

about 4.5 million shares at +/- $40 -- Mr Schulze had himself a nice Christmas

CognacAndMencken's picture



It's always interesting to see how the analysts on Wall Street had a stock rated shortly before a 30% collapse.  With BBY, 12 of the 19 analysts covering it had it rated "Strong Buy" this morning - overwhelmingly bullish. Only one guy had it at "Sell" which, unfortunately for him, he had since April 2012 before the stock ran up 300%.  These guys almost always have it EXACTLY wrong.  Given their proprietary profits, isn't funny how they have near PERFECT trading days, quarter after quarter, yet their recommendations are always wrong?  Either they're cheating, or they're trying to fool the retail public, or both.  It's impossible to deny...




markelshark's picture

A strong buy would have been very profitable for 2012 and 2013, so those analysts had it right more often than not.

Debtonation's picture

Funny, Shulze was on the verge of taking Best Buy private just last December but was forced to give up when he couldn't raise enough capital to do so.  Well, if you can't buy then it's a slam dunk sell right. Where's the logic in that?

TaperProof's picture

If it wasn't going to be "his" business, he figured cash out, I completely understand, money isnt everything, but if you're forced to play the game, play it for the same reason everyone else plays it for...

CognacAndMencken's picture



Here's the chart for BBY going back to 2006:

Not knowing exactly when those analysts put their Strong Buy recommendations on, there was only a slight period of time when it shot to the moon, and that's only because it was rumored they'd get bought out.   

Goldman's Matthew Fassler raised his price target to $47 on Nov. 2, 2013, within days of the exact top. Seems you might be a bit sympathetic to the analysts, so if you want to congratulate him, please feel free:



Bangin7GramRocks's picture

I was done with them when they became an insurance company that sold electronics. You can't buy a pack of Hubba Bubba in that place without a blue-shirted kid trying to sell you a 3 year warranty. And they will not stand behind the products if you weren't dumb enough to buy the insurance. Fuck you sirs, I'll shop at Costco!

Thisson's picture

You too can have 100% perfect trading days when you only sell your winners and when you mark your losers as "held to maturity, not available for sale".

Gringo Viejo's picture

"If God had not wanted them shorn, He would not have made them sheep"..........Calvera (The Magnificent Seven)

Exponere Mendaces's picture


You mean it will rally again and make new highs?

I doubt it...


Harlequin001's picture

No, I mean it's a pump and dump just like bitcoin...

Landrew's picture

There was no way to do that unless you where lucky to hold near the money days before. At any month prior you lost your ass. That is the problem with buying the rising peak of crazy. The real test will be to buy the dead cat bounce. That takes as much courage with the craziness BTFD that has happened over the last few years.

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new game's picture


i am near the peak. i see a corpse, ah it is best buy! many oxygen cylinders! is that amazon or is that twitter using the last of the oxygen or is it a the last gasp. plant the flag and desend quickly...

netflix has a flag, many others(too)with shredded masts.

facebook eagerly asending towards the peak of everst too.

in fact the asent is dotted with climbers! woow, soo many going to the summit all at once!

oh, look one lost its hold on the face; falling to krags of jagged death below!

I see a storm brewing with -70 wind chills, oh such a way to die...

CheapBastard's picture
Health care job losses for first time in decade



...moar 'recovery' here....

Save_America1st's picture

I work network and telecom for a pretty large national HMO based outta the Southeast.  The medical professions may be losing their doctors and nurses, but my company has been hiring tons of them on the administrative side.  I think we're going to end up with shit tons of doctors and nurses in America who won't want to be real doctors or nurses in hospitals and clinics anymore.  They're bailing out and taking the easy route in the consulting, coding, claims running, and administrative side within the so-called healthcare insurance industry. 

My guess is eventually the entire medical treatment side of things is going to totally collapse.  There won't be any doctors or nurses who will want to work for nothing under the iron fist of the new O-Fuck-You-We-Don't-Care system.  Those left will be worthless hacks and probabaly very dangerous for patients and there will be many deaths and further collapse, etc.

While the insurance "health care" side of things will be bloated with those who bailed out of the hospitals and that's going to turn into a total fucking nightmare as well.  And it's already really bad.

That imbalance is going to be like the Titanic going down after one side fills with water.  I don't see a solution until the whole thing implodes and then gets worse than that. 

Unfortunately, that's what these Marxist scumbags in government want to happen.  Just gives them more power, control, and money to continue the corruption with. 

The whole country in nearly all sectors of the economy are going to go down this way...that's how it always goes.  The whole country will end up looking like Detroit eventually and ripe for a either a major foreign takeover or a massive civil war.

How do you like getting those dots connected! lol

keep stackin' Ag, Au, Pb, Cu, and PbCu delivery systems folks...and get yourselves supplied up with food and water and hunkered down for the long haul and a helluva a fight! 

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SafelyGraze's picture

Save_America1st (if that is your Real Name) -

thanks aplenty for the depressing post


here's a little puzzle du jour: the answer is 'chicago'
health systems management program was established in 1934 at the University of Chicago
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional association of healthcare executives (high-level hospital administrators, CEOs, COOs, health system officers, etc.) Its central offices are located at 1 N. Franklin Street in Chicago, Illinois,
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access, .. headquartered in Chicago, Illinois
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a professional association that seeks to promote quality health care provision by hospitals and health care networks through public policy and providing information about health care and health administration to health care providers and the public. Founded in 1898 with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C., 

Cookie's picture

Bullish for hospital shares in SE Asia

Fuh Querada's picture

So where do the 0.1% go for medical treatment?

eclectic syncretist's picture

netflix reports next Wednesday.

Spungo's picture

Why did idiots buy this company? Google Finance says it lost money last year, and every quarter since then has seen negative cash flow.

firstdivision's picture

Why do you think 401k's were pushed upon the masses, someone's gotta snatch up the dog shit.

adr's picture

Sears has seen negative sales for 27 straight quarters but people still pump the stock.

Spungo's picture

Because sears is becoming an insurance company that is lead by one of the greatest investors of all time

ebworthen's picture

I went into Best Cry this week for the first time in a year.

The change was drastic; less inventory, more phones and huckster-ism.

It had a clear resemblance to Radio Shack.

Not_Sure's picture

Less inventory is right. I never had to worry about needing and getting a hard drive before but I went to BB on Sat, looking for a firewire drive that I needed on Monday. The sales guy said they don't don't have them but he could order one. I told him not to bother cause I could order and get it just as fast as he could...and probably cheaper, overall.


Brick and mortars HAVE to have inventory. Otherwise, there is no purpose to them.


Unfortunately, the inventory is what kills them. I don't see a happy ending to this.

Groundhog Day's picture


1) uber razor thin margins to begin with

2)no must have hot electronic product this past holiday season

3)lost tax savings benefit of buying online

4)lost discounting power as nearly all brick and mortar stores will price match

aerojet's picture

I saw XBOX Ones, supposedly the hot (but way overpriced) game console available right up to Dec. 25.  No takers.  Saw a palette of them at Costco last weekend, not deeply discounted, but still probably marked down some.

nflux's picture

while i do agree that this pig is VERY overpriced, it seems no matter how shitty the quarter was this stock refuses to drop


but on that note, I see short interest is currently under 2%, maybe this time will be different...

syntaxterror's picture

Amazon was also offering free 30-day trials of Amazon Prime, which provides free 2-day shipping. How many used free amazon Prime for holiday shopping and then cancelled the trial? So, while Amazon's holiday sales might be boosted due to Amazon Prime free trials. How much is the bottom line going to be impacted by all of the shipping charges they're stuck with?

Thisson's picture

I agree with your first 3, but I tried to get Staples to price match on a comodity product (a LAN cable) and they wouldn't do it because the $4 product on Amazon wasn't the same brand of product as the $40 cable in the Staples store (it was a staples-branded cable, duh).  I bought the $4 cable and its a perfect substitute for the Staples one.  So Amazon still has that advantage, and what does it say about Staples that they are price gouging their customers to this degree?  Customers under the pressure of declining real income won't remain ignorant that they're being overcharged.

therover's picture

Doing some rough math in my head, what's that, about 5 mil shares at about $40 per share. Not bad considering the shit storm coming today. Way to diversify Schulzey boy.

GIABO's picture

Come on America. Buy some more shit that you don't need with money you don't have. USA USA USA 

william114085's picture

just trying to beat those terrorist folks

Thisson's picture

... to impress people you don't like!

You gotta have the entire fight club reference in there!

Dr. Engali's picture

But CNBS says to ignore insider selling. As a matter of fact they are quick to point out when an insider buys 100 shares. Some how they never seem to notice when they sell thousands.....I don't know what's up with that.

game theory's picture

CNBC is a giant propaganda machine. The people on the show don't "report" or "investigate". They are advertisers.

aerojet's picture

Those channels and people like Jim Cramer exist to shear the sheep.  No other reason whatsoever.

Shizzmoney's picture

This will not be the last stock that is "goose necked".

In poker, we call this a "cold deck". 

Fuh Querada's picture

"Stack me a cooler! "
Doyle Lonnigan after the 1st half of the Century Express poker game in "The Sting"

pragmatic hobo's picture

oh, and don't forget jeffery's upgrading the stock to "buy" that pumped the stock back up to $40's in early december ...