Yesterday I was invited onto CNBC to discuss “Cloud Computing,” an incredibly broad topic that somehow got boiled down to four stocks, thanks to the magic of television.
The sector is getting a bit overheated and I have been working out some ideas on how to head and/or short selected stocks. Right now I’m focused on the networking stocks because some of them are getting quite overvalued. CNBC correctly asked me how one could possibly short such a hot sector to which my answer is: hedge.
Anyhow, you can see the clip below. There is also a recap on CNBC.com.
The idea I came up with is that you could hedge with a pairs trade. After sifting through some names and valuations, I have decided that F5 Networks (FFIV) is more overvalued than Riverbed (RVBD), and I like Riverbed better in the long term. So a possible trade here is to stay long Riverbed, and short F5 as a hedge. The premise is that F5 is trading at a richer valuation with 10X sales and Riverbed is “only” trading at 6X sales. I would also note that Riverbed is smaller and growing faster so has more room to grow into its valuation.