It's a Stock Thing

Lifestyle Queen Martha Stewart Is Under Investigation for Insider Trading. Was She Tipped Off?

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MATTHEW TICKNOR
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Equities trader

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? She's guilty. She had discussions with the CEO of ImClone and that's suspect. She says she had a plan whereby she was going to sell the stock on a certain date, but the timing is suspect. If it's suspect, it's usually guilt. The market is supposed to be based on fundamental and technical analysis; it's based on charts. A stock is either overbought, or oversold. The day before the FDA was to make its announcement about the company, I think someone said to Martha, "Sell the stock, I don't expect good news," and she sold her shares.
Have you ever been involved in the world of Martha? I may have bought something at Kmart.
Do you hate Martha? No. She's a product of America. The things I've seen her pull out of her ass . . . I think she's creative.


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MICHAEL
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
OccupationStudent

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? I really haven't been following the details of the story.
Have you ever been involved in the world of Martha? No, I've never bought any of her products. I pretty much know only the youth brands, like Nike. I respect Martha Stewart for working hard and making her own way. You have to respect her for getting to the top. I think she was smart for selling the stock.
Do you hate Martha? No. I just took a U.S. history class and we were talking about the word delirium, where people see something that looks good and only later realize that it's not. That in fact it's fraud. Like Daedalus and Icarus, flying too close to the sun.


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BEN MORENSY
Age 19
Resides Brooklyn
OccupationStudent

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? Yes. She definitely had inside information on the stock. I think that happens all the time. It's how the rich stay rich.
Have you ever been involved in the World of Martha?No, not at all. I haven't been to Kmart in such a long time. And I've never made any of her craft projects.
Do you hate Martha? I have no bad feeling about her. I don't think the media is going after her because she may have a reputation for having an attitude. They'd go after Oprah Winfrey if she engaged in insider trading, too. They'd think she got her riches through treachery. She'd have cheated the people who watch her show.


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SUMAYYA IMANI
Age over 21
Resides Manhattan
OccupationActivist

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? With as much money and influence as she has, you'd think she would do the research to protect her image. I would think she wouldn't want to get near anything dirty. She's Pollyannaish and her image says she wouldn't knowingly be involved in something like that. I'd be surprised if she had prior knowledge.
Have you ever been involved in the world of Martha? No, I'm not a Martha Stewart kind of person.
Do you hate Martha? No, she's OK. It's good to have her on TV to counteract the violence and the bad relationships. I wish there was a black Martha Stewart, although I guess Oprah's magazine is kind of like Martha's. But with Oprah, you get the feeling that you could be invited to her house and feel comfortable. You could go to Martha's house, but you'd better not touch anything.


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VAUGHN JOHNSON
Age 29
Resides New Jersey
OccupationTech support

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? From what I've read, they seem to think the trading was peculiar. She says one thing about what she told her broker to do, he says another. The next question is whether he got anything out of it. I think insider trading is prevalent, but that's why we're supposed to have these agencies to protect against it. The sad thing is that you'd think Martha Stewart would feel she had enough money. Maybe she didn't.
Have you ever been involved in the world of Martha? No, but I have family members who watch her show and think she's very creative.
Do you hate Martha? No, that's a leading question. I have no opinion about her.


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BIG MONEY WIZ
Age 32
Resides Queens
OccupationMusician

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? I think she probably knew about the stock, because you can't call it a coincidence when she sells it just before it fell. The lifestyle of the rich and famous always sells newspapers, but I don't think her celebrity is the cause of all this attention. They'd go after any celebrity who did anything illegal. Except maybe for George W. Bush.
Have you ever been involved in the World of Martha? No, I never spent a dime with the woman.
Do you hate Martha? No, I like her because she's a money-getter. I like her style. With the cooking, the paint, the crafts, she knows how to make the money.


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JENNIFER MEGISON
Age 36
Resides Manhattan
OccupationAssociate publisher

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? No, I don't think she did. It's not in her best interest. She's a good businesswoman. Why would she sink her own ship? As she says, it's not "a good thing." I think the media's been building something against her for a long time.
Have you ever been involved in the world of Martha? Yes. I've bought some table linens. She has cute stuff and it's reasonably priced. It's fresh. But who is decorating their own cake and making their own icing? I once made a Martha cake using the parchment paper she's so into. I lined the pans like she said, only she never said to take the paper off. So when it was done, we cut into two sheets of parchment paper--it added extra fiber.
Do you hate Martha? No. I think at first she was intimidating to the working woman because she got so much done in a day. I really have no opinion about her. She's Martha Stewart, for God's sake.


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ADEPERO ODUYE
Age 24
Resides Brooklyn
OccupationActor

Do you think Martha Stewart engaged in anything illegal? I don't think she did. She was a broker in the '70s so she would know how dangerous insider trading is.
Have you ever been involved in the world of Martha? No, but my mother watches her show religiously. Just this morning she was busy writing down the instructions for making a kind of rustic vase out of a coffee can and a bunch of twigs. I wanted to remind her that we don't have a garden or any wildflowers. We live in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I'm always rolling my eyes when Martha's on.
Do you hate Martha? No, I respect her as a businesswoman. I don't love her the way my mom does, though.

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