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General Electric Shares Rise Despite “Cooked Books” Accusation

There wasn’t enough time for me to do a full fundamental analysis on General Electric (NYSE: GE) yesterday. Regardless, I shared my thoughts on recent happenings with the company, and War Room members came out ahead.

Here’s the backstory…

An analyst came out with a report Thursday that GE was cooking its books.

This was no ordinary analyst…

It was Harry Markopolos, the same one who called out Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. His opinion is definitely worth some weight. And that weight knocked GE shares down for a loop.

Just the day before, the CEO of GE bought millions of dollars’ worth of stock in the open market. That was after even more buying in preceding weeks.

Without being able to do the analysis I like to do, I didn’t want to put out a formal recommendation. Instead, I told War Room members that the GE options were priced like a lotto ticket, with better odds, and that the $8.50 calls looked like a great bet. This is what I said on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET:

Corporate General Electric employees and supporters (like Stanley Druckenmiller, who was once short General Electric and just announced he bought shares on this plunge) are coming out to refute the earlier report. This could get interesting. Speculators may want to look at the $8.50 calls expiring next week, trading around $0.20 for a pure flyer.

I continued a half hour later to say this:

The way I look at it (I can’t recommend General Electric formally because I have done no research on it, and it probably wouldn’t help anyway) is that it’s cheaper than buying a bunch of scratch-offs, and if General Electric refutes the report, the odds are way better. I find it interesting that the report was released today, a day before the weeklies expire.

You see, The War Room is a community of traders who share great ideas – just like this GE trade. Without enough time to put in the analysis like I did with The RealReal, I shared the GE idea in real time with everyone just in case any speculators wanted to try the play.

Members of The War Room were free to act on the advice if they liked – and a couple did.

Today, GE shares soared, and the CEO bought millions more in company stock on the open market.

Action Plan: These gains were in addition to the gains Bryan racked up with his plays on Applied Materials and Caterpillar, which closed out the same day.


With more than 20 years of experience, Karim has mastered the subtle art of options trading. What we admire about him is his ability to score huge gains while minimizing the massive amount of risk that often comes with options. Beyond his expertise in options trading, he is also the author of the best-selling book Where in the World Should I Invest? He publishes weekly about smart speculation in his latest free e-letter, Trade of the Day.

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