I’m not saying that Kinder Morgan is a bundle of fraud, like Enron, and I’m not saying that KMI is about to impale itself on subprime mortgages, like Bear Stearns, but this graph is almost identical the graphs of Enron and Bear Stearns before they they went belly-up:
A stock does not have the chart pattern because it’s being attacked by short-sellers. It has the price pattern because there is something extraordinarily wrong with the business model and/or the balance sheet.
KMI has $40 billion in debt on top of $35 billion of stated book value. That book value in no way can possible reflect the plunge in the price of oil. KMI’s asset values have to be written down to some degree, at the very least. There’s is something else going on. I recommend getting out this stock ASAP. I may be wrong, but it’s not worth taking the risk on a stock with a graph that looks like that.