And is the simple, bare, truthful answer dependent in any way upon the possibility that someone will buy at $8.50 if reached (as any price reached always has a buyer and a seller)?
The answer to the first question is a simple one word answer. The English language has an unequivocal word for it: yes.
Be forewarned and take your calming medicines. I am about to answer my original question in a direct fashion and without unnecessary verbiage or qualifications.
Here we go: We are now closer (at $8.94) to $9.25 than to $8.50.
BOOM! Hopefully, the meds worked and you are not in shock at having just read a simple naked statement of fact..
LOL, khyrt. We were closer to $8.50 than $8.25 at $8.87. The challenge is actually getting the price to mugoo's "don't buy until it gets there" price. The good news, if you are looking to buy at that price, is that you guys have been getting the price a little closer every day. The bad news is that you aren't close enough. It was a lot of work getting the price to $6.63 today and the price is already back up above the ex--div day low. It's amusing watching the battle and it will be more amusing if I get the price.
Since your subject line is referential (but, with unusual subtlety for you, not direct), I would note that there's only a 75 cent spread in the prediction. Close doesn't mean much. You have to actually get the price to $8.50 (quite possible, but not a done deal) for RAS to get to $8.50 before it gets to $9.25. RAS should get to $9.25 this year with no problems at all. You can pretty much take that to the bank. It's less clear that it will get to $8.50. But don't try, DO. I'd love to see the price.