Word on the street is that sellers are fronting the perception of a soft earnings season. I’m actually in a slightly different camp—I think this will be the best quarter for some time (think rear-view mirror) and glory will be fleeting as municipalities jockey for mindshare.
General Electric (GE) has been rubbing me the wrong way and something doesn’t feel right (as evidenced on their dependence on the government teat). The inability to rally when the market last lifted spoke volumes (mea culpa on just now getting that through my mental Rolodex).
One of the sharpest tacks in the credit shack offers "the action in credit is great" while remaining near-term cautious on equities. Fair nuff, and food for thought if and when we traverse down the backside of the "W."
Memoirs Chapter 5 has officially left the barn. Next week we deep dive into Galleon and then edge into the Cramer, Berkowitz and TSCM years. Trust me when I tell you that I've written this whole missive through the lens of the high road so please keep that in mind as you chew through the dew.
There's an article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the virtues of "covered call' strategies" (selling call options against long stock positions). Minyans should know that risk profile is precisely the same as selling naked put options. Please understand the risks before making any investment decisions and make sure to arm yourself with John Succo's six-part tutorial on derivatives.
The financial crisis has morphed into more than an economic crisis—it's now a social crisis. I referenced a data point at Texas A&M and was quickly inundated from Minyans around the world with similar stories sprinkled throughout the educational realm (including youth sports in Beverly Hills)!
The doubling of the LA county default rate doesn't exactly scream "Green Shoots!"
Why is it that every time I hear the word "Alcoa" I think of the song "Althea?"