Fred’s Buys 865 Rite Aid Drug Stores

My friends and I joke about the absurdly high contracts that middling athletes receive during the baseball season. When you have a palpably finite supply of players that your competitor peers are going after, the group-think leads to irrationality. You see transactions doomed from the start when teams like the Colorado Rockies pay $70 million for the services of Ian Desmond through his mid 30s.

These situations, when key industry players gather around to bid up so-so assets, remind me of the Animal House scene when Otter said: “No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!”

We are living through the drugstore stock version of this impulse today.

As I write this, Fred’s (FRED) stock is up 85% on the news that it is acquiring 865 locations of Rite Aid (RAD) … Read the rest of this article!