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PSW October Portfolio Reviews (Members Only)

It seems we weathered that storm very well!  

As noted in our the last review of our virtual portfolios, BALANCE is the key to riding the market waves and we not only survived recent the 10% drop and 7% pop but we have thrived – with our Short-Term Porfolio holding onto a $94.2% gain (as of yesterday's close) and the Long-Term Portfolio back to 19.2% for the year, for a combined $790,353 off our $600,000 start – a combined 31.7% gain for the year!  

I would say it's time to cash out but we've already cashed out with the Short-Term Portfolio now sitting on $179,243 in cash (92%) and the LTP has $637,800 in cash, which is 107% of the portfolio's value.  That's because we've sold so much premium to others (our "Be the House" strategy) that it dwarfs the net value of our positions.  

Nonetheless, we're only using 34% of our $1M margin as these are, generally, conservative long-term positions.  We went into the weekend leaning very bearish in the STP, protecting our long gains in the LTP and Income Portfolios.  

  • CAKE – Was a disappointment as they lowered guidance on earnings on 6.3% more revenues and they lowered guidance to $2.07 from $2.25 – flat to last year.  Our mistake here was looking at the costs of food products like corn, wheat, etc for basic foodmaking but it was the cost of cream cheese that killed them on the food side.  Last year they topped out in the high $40s and now we are in the low $40s and I'm willing to go long on them but not appropriate for the STP – we'll look to cut this one loose next week.  
  • TNA (not shown) – We bought 25 Nov $63/67 bull call spread on 10/23 (morning post) and already sold the calls back on Friday – making us more bearish over the weekend.  If the market is up, we'll have to adjust these quickly. 
  • GMCR – Getting to be a white whale for us, the damned thing never goes down.  Earnings are 11/19 – I certainly want to see those.  
  • FAS – Part of the other


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PSW August Portfolio Reviews (Members Only)

Just a quick post to consolidate our virtual portfolio reviews for easy reference:

What we're stressing this year, above all else is our "BE THE HOUSE - Not the Gambler" strategy, in which we try to be the sellers, not buyers of options premium.  Another very key strategy we're practicing is BALANCE – our Income Portfolio is a very conservative retirement portfolio, aimed at generating a 10% annual income with as little risk as possible while our much more aggressive Long-Term and Short-Term Portfolios balance each other – aiming for 20% annual gains.

Both sets are very much on track for their goals and, at this point, we're more concerned with protecting the profits we have than taking new risks but that doesn't stop us from adding prudent positions, especially as long as the market continues to make new weekly highs.  In fact, we just added an IRBT position to the LTP on Friday (not yet reflected in this update)!

Short-Term Portfolio Update (STP):  Back to $135,000 (up 35% for the year), that's a good sign as we were down to $125,000 earlier in the week so we gain $10K on a little dip means we're doing our job protecting the LTP.  You never really know if your mix is right until it's tested under pressure.  

  • CAKE – Well, I hate naked long calls but we bought back the short calls from this spread and this is what we're left with.  I'm not sure we'll get the pop we need if the indexes are dragging us down but there's also no particular reason to pull this trade so let's see what happens next week.  Our premise here is lower food costs = more profits. 
  • DXD – One of our anchor hedges, just out of the money at $24.54 with 42 days left.
  • GMCR – My white whale at this point.  Earnings not until mid-November.  
  • XLE – Persistently low oil prices will gradually break XLE down, 42 days left. 
  • XRT – We bought back the short puts here when it spiked up, I'm happy with these puts, hopefully we get $8+ as XRT heads back to $85.
  • CI, CMG, FB,


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The Buy List – 40 of the World’s Best Stock Values (Members Only)

INDU WEEKLYDon't you just love lists?   

Apparently, most American's do because the posts that get the most clicks are the ones with lists and quizzes.  I don't do lists very often yet, somehow, I still manage to be fairly popular but let's see what happens when I make a list with a catchy headline.

This list is an update of our original 2014 Buy List, which was written on June 6th and originlaly had 20 trade ideas for the 2nd half of the year.  That list quickly grew to 29 and, today, we're adding 11 more to make 40 top stock picks to take us into Q4.  Those first 29 picks are already  82% successful with only HOV, IRBT, RIG, TEX and WEN failing to make gains so far and, on average, we're up 72% on our picks in just 3 months.  

That's about par for the course with our winning percentages on trade ideas but what makes the Buy List special is that these are the ones we are comfortable committing long-term allocation blocks to, not just messing around with short-term trading.  In fact, our 5 "losers" all represent great entry opportunities at lower prices and none are being kicked off the list as our general outlook for these stocks is measured in years, not months!  

The strategy we are following is summed up nicely in this video:

As we did in building our Long-Term Portfolio, we're not going to rush in and buy everything.  We will do exactly what we did in January where, following our Fall Buy List, we simply added stocks from our list whenever they became cheap.  While our Members are able to pick up our trade ideas as they are released, we don't always add them to our virtual portfolios right away.  As with the first half's Long-Term Portfolio, we will track every entry and exit in both our Live Weekly Webcasts, as well as in our Live Member Chat Room and alerts will be sent to our subscribers (you can join here, Basic and Premium Members get full access).  

Our picks were originally grouped by industry sectors but, for reference purposes, I'm going to list them alphabetically below –
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Philstockworld Jolly June Trade Review – Part 1

What a month May was!  

Through May 23rd, we had 158 winning trade ideas against 29 that did not work out (as of the review) for an 84% winning percentage.  As usual, we begin our reviews with the last week of the previous month – even though the last week of May didn't overlap into June – as last weeks often do into the new month (which is why we do it). 

Still, 4 parts is plenty for one month, so it's time to move on!  Our Trade Reviews not only let us know if we're on or off track but, by putting the trades in context, hopefully we remind ourselves what works and what doesn't work in vartious situations so that, when we see a similar situation, we are ready, willing AND able to pull the trigger.    

As usual, we should never be at 100% because we WANT to have trades on both sides of the table (as hedges) and the profit or loss of the trades are as of today, so we look very closely at the LOSING trades – to see if we now have better entries than we had originally (assuming we still like our premise).

Monday, May 26th was a holiday, so we start this month off on a Tuesday:

May 27: Tempting Toppy Tuesday – 7th Time's a Charm?

Selling risk to others in our Member Portfolios has given us 10%+ gains for year (so far).  In fact, the only strategy we agreed with from the above chart was gold, which we bet heavily(along with DBA) at the beginning of the year. 

Remember, this isn't about making good picks, per se – it's about having a good strategy that gives you a high probability of success – even when you are wrong about a trade.   BEING THE HOUSE and selling risk (through options) to others is the closest thing we get to


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Philstockworld Merry May Trade Review – Part 4

SPX WEEKLYOur streak continues!  

The first 3 weeks of the month (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) saw 142 trade ideas (almost 50 per week) with just 17 misses for an 88% win rate.  Of course – it's a bit like shooting fish in a barrel when we call a bottom correctly and, as you can tell from the large volume of picks, we put all that sidelined cash to good use.  

Not every call is bullish, of course, as I was saying in Friday's post, BALANCE is the most important aspect for your portfolios if you intend to be a trader for more than just the short run.  So, in theory, it shouldn't be possible for us to get to 100% and, actually, 88% probably means we were a little too bullish and just got lucky!  We have to watch out for that – and that's why these reviews are so important.

Our Trade Reviews not only let us know if we're on or off track but, by putting the trades in context, hopefully we remind ourselves what works and what doesn't work in vartious situations so that, when we see a similar situation, we are ready, willing AND able to pull the trigger.  

Able is a very important aspect of our trading strategies we tend to ignore.  My call to go to cash in late March left us with empty portfolios we were able to fill up in May and THAT is why we have such a fantastic winning percentage for the month – we made our selves READY and our mindset was WILLING because we were ABLE to take advantage of the market dip by going to cash.  

Just because we are long-term investors – it doesn't mean we can't time our entries and exits when we reach the tops and bottoms of our trading channels!  

May 17th:  How to Turn $25,000 into $500,000 in 15 Years 

This is one of the most important articles I've written in a long time.

It links back to our Webinar from that week,
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Philstockworld Merry May Trade Review – Part 3

What a month May was!  

So far, in the first two weeks (through the 9th), we had 94 Trade Ideas for our Members and all but 11 (88%) were winners (see Part 1 and Part 2).  Of course we use hedges, where we purposely bet the opposite direction in order to protect ourselves so it's not possible to be 100% and even 88% is strange – usually we're aiming for around 66%.  

The trick isn't to be right ALL the time, but to control your losses so they don't counteract the gains.  Usually, we go for trades that have a good chance of paying 200% or more within 18 months so we EXPECT to make 10% a month or more.  When those work, we get huge wins – if we then keep our losses to 20% (of our allocation) or less – the statistics take care of themselves as +20%, -20%, +60%, -20%, 0% on 5 trades (for example) gives you 5 allocations that made an average of 8%.

When one of those allocations goes up 100%, you don't even need to get half of them right to have a winner – but ONLY if you control your losses AND maintain consistent allocations.  That's what we practice in our Long-Term Potfolios – PORTION CONTROL!  

By scaling into positions (something else we practice with our Members in our Long-Term Portfolios), even if we lose 100% of our initial position – it's generally only about 20% of an allocation.  Since we can't lose more than 20% of an allocation and we usually try to make 200% or more on the cash we lay out for our long-term trades (which nets 40% or more for a winning allocation) – again, math does its work over time.

That being said, let's have a look at how week 3 went in May:

May 12: Just Another Manic Monday

While investors may not have learned anything from the last crash, the Banksters have learned that you can manipulate just a few key,


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The Buy List – 20 Great Trade Ideas for the Rest of 2014 (Members Only)

INDU WEEKLYWhat a rally!  

While stocks certainly aren't "cheap" by any measure, we've been able to identify 20 that are still good values.  We've been compiling this list and going over trade ideas for playing them in our Tuesday Webinars since May 13th and, of course, we've been posting them in our Live Member Chat rooms, so this is just a review to consolidate our trade ideas.  

We cashed in our Long-Term Portfolio last week at what we thought was a top but so far – so wrong on that call!  Since it's up 19% in just 6 months, we're not going to cry about missing the last 400-point move on the Dow (2.5%) – we'll just have to look ahead to deploying our cash again, following the same strategy that was so successful in the first half of the year, which was, essetially, our "7 Steps to Consistently Making 20-40% Annual Returns" system:

As we did in building our Long-Term Portfolio, we're not going to rush in and buy everything.  We will do exactly what we did in January where, following our Fall Buy List, we simply added stocks from our list whenever they became cheap.  While our Members are able to pick up our trade ideas as they are released, we don't always add them to our virtual portfolios right away.  As with the first half's Long-Term Portfolio, we will track every entry and exit in both our Live Weekly Webcasts, as well as in our Live Member Chat Room and alerts will be sent to our subscribers (you can join here, Basic and Premium Members get full access).  

Our picks were originally grouped by industry sectors but, for reference purposes, I'm going to list them alphabetically below – these are the original trade ideas (the Webinar dates where we discussed our picks are next to the symbol), most are still playable but some have already taken off :

ABX (5/28) we featured in our June 3rd post - obviously one I like.  If you don't want to buy the stock for $15.90 (and we NEVER pay retail at PSW!), then you can sell the 2016 $15 puts for $2.05,
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PSW Trade Review Part 2 – Thank You Sir, MAY I Have Another!

May got off to a fantastic start

In our first week alone (see Part 1) we had 47 trade ideas between our morning posts and our Live Member Chat room and, already, 42 of them (89%) are winners.  Keep in mind the main purpose of these trade reviews is to look at the LOSERS and see if perhaps we have a better entry opportunity than we had before.  

We missed on SDS (ultra-short S&P) but that was a hedge and we are still using it into June. We missed on PNRA and that's just a better opportunity to get in.   We missed on TWTR and we already doubled down on that one and already cashed out with a profit in our Long-Term Portfolio (see our other review), not because we don't still like it but because we went to cash on our Long-Term Porfolio, since it was up 19% in 6 months and we decided to sit out the summer correction in CASH!!! 

We don't know if our timing is perfect getting back to cash but even if we finish the whole year with the $98,430 gain we have now (out of $500,000) in the Long-Term Porfolio – we've certainly done our job.  Can we do better?  Of course we can – that's why we do these reviews – to see what's going right and what's going wrong so we can make adjustments along the way.

If CASH!!! turns out to be a mistake, then we can re-deploy it – that's not complicated, is it?  I know that, as a trader, you feel like you are SUPPOSED to trade – especially those of us who are retired and, if we're not trading – we get kind of bored.  

Well, we had 11 new trade ideas this Wednesday and Thursday alone (summarized in Friday's post) AFTER we went to cash – so it's not like we died, we just took adavantage of a positive turn in our portfolio to realize our virtual profits.  After all, they aren't really profits until you take them off the table!   Good poker players learn that the hard way…


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Cashing out our Long-Term Portfolio – 29 Trades in 6 Months – Up 19%

On The Risks of Not Taking RisksAnd then there were 2.  

Just two positions remain in our Long-Term Portfolio now, short puts we sold against HOV an EGLE that are "losers," so far.  Of our other 29 virtual trades, which we finished closing today, only 3 have a loss, which gives us an 83% winning percentage – which is pretty much in-line with our usual performance for PSW Members (see our Trade Reviews).  

If you want a quick summary of my reasoning for getting back to cash – it's the same one I had back in March, when we cashed out our Income Portfolio.  I was interviewed on TV at the time, where I made my case for caution.  Since then, the S&P is up from 1,890 to 1,920 and that rubber band is simply stretched too tightly for our liking now – so we cash out our more aggressive portfolio too.  

Without further ado, here's our trade history in the Long-Term Portfolio, which died a sudden death on May 28th and 29th (there were a lot of positions to close) of 2014, at the age of just 6 months:

AAPL was our Stock of the Year pick, so that was a no-brainer and we were willing to allocate a much larger than usual block to it.  ABX is one that can still work (and we will certainly be going back to this portfolio – in addition to our new Buy List, as we seek to redeploy our cash in the 2nd half of 2014) as are BTU, CLF and EBAY.  EGLE is still open and the price is now correct, which is one of the reasons we ended up with more profit than we thought.  

GLL taught us not to play GLL, the bid/ask spreads were ridiculous.  HOV is our other still-open position, IRBT is new but we shut it down anyway (still playable) and LGF, LULU and RIG are still playable as new positions.  We didn't shut everything down because we don't like them – we just wanted to be in cash through June 10th and, if the market is


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PSW Trade Review – Thank You Sir, MAY I Have Another! – Part 1

SPY 5 MINUTE1,900 on the S&P, 16,600 on the Dow! 

The month isn't quite over yet but we're up about 3% for the year now although, as Dave Fry points out, on record low volumes – which makes the whole thing sort of suspect.  

 
It seems contrived but those that can engineer a new record SPY close were able to get the job done Friday.

To some extent, we've sat out this "rally" as we moved to mostly cash last time the S&P tested 1,900 and we're certainly not true believers just yet.  Nonetheless, our virtual portfolios are well outperforming the market despite having very little of our cash committed.  Our $500,000 Long-Term Portfolio is up a whopping 12.5% for the year ($62,500) with $499,650 of cash remaining, while even the more bearish $100,000 Short-Term Portfolio is up 0.7% ($700) with $83,840 left to deploy.  

INDU WEEKLYThat's because we're teaching our Members this year "Don't Gamble With Your Investments - BE THE HOUSE – Not the Gambler" this year.  Our key strategy where use options to sell risk to others, which gives us an excellent probability of making good money in up, down or sideways markets.  Clearly, we've had a little of all of that this year!  

We have the modest goal of making 20% a year, which keeps us on track to turn $250,000 into $5,000,000 in 15 years - allowing us to retire in style. 

We have also been constructing a new Buy List (part 1 and part 2, so far) for our Members, our 20 favorite post-earnings bargains.  Those are our "official" trades but, at Philstockworld – we're all about teaching our Members HOW to trade – using the principle of "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day but teach a man to fish – and you feed him for a lifetime."  Not only does it benefit our students but many of our students become masters themselves and enrich our trading community over time.  


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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-get-shadowfax-out-from-the-darkness-of-medical-bills-/126743

Thank you for you time!

 
 

Chart School

NYSE Margin Debt Drifted Higher Again in September

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Note from dshort: The NYSE has released new data for margin debt, now available through September. I've updated the charts in this commentary to include the latest numbers.

The New York Stock Exchange publishes end-of-month data for margin debt on the NYXdata website, where we can also find historical data back to 1959. Let's examine the numbers and study the relationship between margin debt and the market, using the S&P 500 as the surrogate for the latter.

The first chart shows the two series in real terms — adjusted for inflation to today's dollar using the Consumer Price Index as the deflator. I picked 1995 as an arbitrary start date. We were well into the Boomer Bull Market that began in 1982 and approaching t...



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Zero Hedge

Dow Is Up 110 Points, Visa Is 120 Of Them

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Broad-based strength... as Pisani might say.

 

 

Chart: Bloomberg

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Outside the Box: The Colder War

Outside the Box: The Colder War

By John Mauldin

The story of energy is the story of human expansion. From the days when we roamed the African savanna, we tamed first fire and then other forms of energy, using them as tools to control our environment and improve our lives. The control of energy has always been at the heart of the human story.

This week our Outside the Box essay is from my friend Marin Katusa, who has written a fascinating book about a part of that story, a subplot of intrigue and conspiracy. Under Putin, Russia has aspired to dominate the energy markets. Called The Colder War, Marin’s book is a well-written tale of the rise of Putin and his desire to change the way the world’s energy markets are controlled.

I sat down a few months ago with an advance copy, not sure...



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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

Reminder: David is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

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To learn more, sign up for David's free newsletter and receive the free report from All About Trends - "How To Outperform 90% Of Wall Street With Just $500 A Week." Tell David PSW sent you. - Ilene...

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Sabrient

Sector Detector: Bullish conviction returns, but market likely to consolidate its V-bottom

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Bulls showed renewed backbone last week and drew a line in the sand for the bears, buying with gusto into weakness as I suggested they would. After all, this was the buying opportunity they had been waiting for. As if on cue, the start of the World Series launched the rapid market reversal and recovery. However, there is little chance that the rally will go straight up. Volatility is back, and I would look for prices to consolidate at this level before making an attempt to go higher. I still question whether the S&P 500 will ultimately achieve a new high before year end.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then o...



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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of October 27th, 2014

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Stock World Weekly

Stock World Weekly

Newsletter writers are available to chat with Members regarding topics presented in SWW, comments are found below each post.

Here's the latest Stock World Weekly. Enjoy!

(As usual, use your PSW user name and password to sign in. You may also take a free trial.) 

 

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Market Shadows

Bill Ackman's Big Pharma Trade Is Making Wall Street A Super Awkward Place

 

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Intro by Ilene

If you're following Valeant's proposed takeover (or merger) of Allergan and the lawsuit by Allergan against Valeant and notorious hedge fund manager William Ackman, for insider trading this is a must-read article. 

Linette Lopez describes the roles played by key Wall Street hedge fund owners--Jim Chanos, John Paulson, and Mason Morfit, a major shareholder in Valeant. Linette goes through the con...



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Option Review

LUV Options Active Ahead Of Earnings

There is lots of action in Southwest Airlines Co. November expiry call options today ahead of the air carrier’s third-quarter earnings report prior to the opening bell on Thursday. Among the large block trades initiated throughout the trading session, there appears to be at least one options market participant establishing a call spread in far out of the money options. It looks like the trader purchased a 4,000-lot Nov 37/39 call spread at a net premium of $0.40 apiece. The trade makes money if shares in Southwest rally 9.0% over the current price of $34.32 to exceed the effective breakeven point at $37.40, with maximum potential profits of $1.60 per contract available in the event that shares jump more than 13% to $39.00 by expiration. In September, the stock tou...



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Digital Currencies

Goodbye War On Drugs, Hello Libertarian Utopia. Dominic Frisby's Bitcoin: The Future of Money?

Courtesy of John Rubino.

Now that bitcoin has subsided from speculative bubble to functioning currency (see the price chart below), it’s safe for non-speculators to explore the whole “cryptocurrency” thing. So…is bitcoin or one of its growing list of competitors a useful addition to the average person’s array of bank accounts and credit cards — or is it a replacement for most of those things? And how does one make this transition?

With his usual excellent timing, London-based financial writer/actor/stand-up comic Dominic Frisby has just released Bitcoin: The Future of Money? in which he explains all this in terms most readers will have no tr...



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Pharmboy

Biotechs & Bubbles

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Well PSW Subscribers....I am still here, barely.  From my last post a few months ago to now, nothing has changed much, but there are a few bargins out there that as investors, should be put on the watch list (again) and if so desired....buy a small amount.

First, the media is on a tear against biotechs/pharma, ripping companies for their drug prices.  Gilead's HepC drug, Sovaldi, is priced at $84K for the 12-week treatment.  Pundits were screaming bloody murder that it was a total rip off, but when one investigates the other drugs out there, and the consequences of not taking Sovaldi vs. another drug combinations, then things become clearer.  For instance, Olysio (JNJ) is about $66,000 for a 12-week treatment, but is approved for fewer types of patients AND...



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