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RIM is more like a lottery ticket, HP is more of a disgusting cigar
butt, but at a very attractive price for that one last puff.

Cigar butt is too harsh.
My point about that whole neighbourhood analogy is that they have a lot of different businesses (houses/butts).
Some are quite valuable, some less so, and management is working
diligently to make sure the value of all of them erodes steadily.
Still, what if they screw that up and one of the business units accidentally succeeds?
RIM is more all-or-nothing. They don't have any other product lines.

Weird trading in HPQ yesterday.
It flatlined at spot on $12 for hours, popping a pinch above sometimes but never below.
I find this is usually the sign of a BIG buyer or seller with a limit order.
Frequently the company itself. Check out an intraday chart.

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