On Thursday, pro trader Stephen Weiss revealed he pared his position in one of his favorite stocks, WellPoint, despite a growing belief that the Supreme Court may strike down Obamacare.
“I took off part of my position. I’m left with just over half of my position,” he says.
That may seem counterintuitive given the latest commentary out of Washington DC. Published reports suggest the 5 conservative Supreme Court justices will challenge the healthcare law and its individual mandate, which requires most Americans to carry health insurance beginning in 2014 .
Now, you may be thinking that kind of development is bullish for WellPoint – that is, it increases profitability. If the individual mandate is struck down, “HMOs won’t have to take people with pre-existing conditions and people who can’t get insurance,” explains Steve Grasso. However you feel about the issue,
That's good for the bottom line.
However, Weiss says, that’s already in the stock. In the past 5 days Wellpoint has bounced more than 7%. “It’s already trading like it should be,” he says.
And he adds “you never know how a court decision is going to turn out –and the decision is still 3 months away. It's not a slam dunk by any means.”
* You can find our conversation with Weiss about 1:30 into this video clip.
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