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  • lemonyelow1 lemonyelow1 May 31, 2005 8:15 AM Flag

    to the last 1-3 posters

    When multiple posts speak, as it were, "with one voice," one must consider the possibility that that's exactly what is speaking -- i.e., 1 voice, 3 "identities."

    Still, for one to label himself a "seller" and the other 2 to echo the sentiment that "surely, now there's nothing to be done but sell the co." ... defies logic.

    Does anyone think that HPOL will fetch $3 or even $4 at auction? ... I'll guess 6 or 8 and not be surprised at 10 -- with all those numbers ripe for raising should the I.B.-engendered almost-sure-to-materialize bid smoke out another who decides that they'd rather pay up than lose out.

    Nothing's certain, of course, but it goes well into "witless" territory to talk about next quarter's zero cents per share earnings given the reality that HPOL sports a "FOR SALE" sign in neon letters.

    As for "low volume," I happen to disagree, but the humongous volume on implosion day obviously locked up a ton of shares and buyers are showing a little discipline. 100,000 shares (a pittance given the per share price -- institutions would love an extra tenth of a percent return, but would they get even that much, not to mention violating policies and buying a $4-something stock) would move HPOL 50 cents at a minumum if it isn't done with the usual obfuscation and patience.

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    • lbegolli May 31, 2005 10:16 AM Flag

      i dont know the two other people but i can tell you that isnt me. Since your saying this is not moving up on low volume what do you call moving 4% this morning on 20k. I call that fake. Someone is trying to make this stock look good and thats it. 2qtr is going to be bad. They have sev. for knapp to pay plus all kind of other things. I dont expect much out of this stock for couple of months at least. Their income has to improve or we wont see nothing. The market doesnt like a company that changes CEO's like there going out of style. Anyways good luck to you.

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      • No point in a forum if people can't or won't read what their allegedly responding to and RESPOND to it.... Yes, a low volume 3.33% move could be manipulation.... I re-iterate that more likely -- yes, it's just an opinion, but probably a sounder one than yours -- it's the thin-ness of the stock and absence of sellers now that selling is among the dumbest things anybody could do.

        This stock is selling on its "franchise value" and will for the few months it'll take to put together a deal.... I'll admit that if year-end rolls around without some evidence that the company is in the process of ending its life as an independent, I'll be concerned and the stock is probably going to be VERY vulnerable.

        Remember, there are good, talented, experienced people (no, I'm not one of them) working for HPOL, and there just plain isn't a "player" in its niche that's any better, either in reputation, market share, execution, etc.

        To say that it's "not going anywhere for a couple of months" is ... as mindless as saying that there was plenty of downside when it got to $3.60.... Theoretically, any stock can go to zero -- in reality, there's a floor above that point; I'm pretty sure $5 will prove to be such a floor while "the deal gets done."

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