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This Day in MV History: 2009

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These articles were published on Minyanville.com on 06th May in History. Checkout how time flies, enjoy reading!

Sitting on the Widow's Peak

on May 06, 2009 7:25 am by Todd Harrison

"The waiting is the hardest part. Every day you see one more card." --Tom Petty A smart man once said that when trading financial assets, you can game the direction or nail the timing but you'll rarely capture both. We asked last week whether investors would again be wise to sell in May and go away. Central to that discussion was the observation that should the market mount S&... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: Apple

on May 06, 2009 7:40 am by Cory Bortnicker

More than any other decade, the 2000s have been kind to Apple (AAPL). dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0; position: absolute; } dd#first a{ position: absolute; width: 51px; height: 58px; text-dec... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: Calvin Klein

on May 06, 2009 7:45 am by Nico Carbellano

What a way to usher in a decade: In 1980, ads for Calvin Klein jeans featured a 15-year-old Brooke Shields breathily asking, "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvin's? Nothing." dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: Fox Television

on May 06, 2009 7:50 am by Jordan Stein

The early 90s were an awkward time. dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0; position: absolute; } dd#first a{ position: absolute; width: 51px; height: 58px; text-decoration: none; /*no underline*/... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: Google

on May 06, 2009 7:55 am by Mike Schuster

The sun never sets on the Google (GOOG) Empire. dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0; position: absolute; } dd#first a{ position: absolute; width: 51px; height: 58px; text-decoration: none; /*no u... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: Microsoft

on May 06, 2009 8:00 am by Justin Rohrlich

Bill Gates once said: dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0; position: absolute; } dd#first a{ position: absolute; width: 51px; height: 58px; text-decoration: none; /*no underline*/ left: 12px;... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: MTV

on May 06, 2009 8:05 am by Mike Schuster

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Decade-Defining Brands: NASA

on May 06, 2009 8:10 am by Scott Reeves

Thank the late, unlamented Soviet Union for cordless tools, scratch-resistant lenses and precision global-positioning software. dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0; position: absolute; } dd#first a{ pos... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: OPEC

on May 06, 2009 8:15 am by Scott Reeves

Thanks to the worldwide recession, OPEC warns of a "devastating contraction" in demand for oil and falling prices. dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0; position: absolute; } dd#first a{ pos... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: Rolling Stone

on May 06, 2009 8:20 am by Justin Rohrlich

Rolling Stone magazine was started in 1967 with a $7500 loan by one Jann Wenner, a UC Berkeley dropout, and Ralph Gleason, a jazz critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. dl#heads{ background: url(http://image.minyanville.com/assets/FCK_Aug2007/Image/freddy/040109/AOL/02/AOL_Wharhol_nav_vertical_sm.jpg); height: 315px; width: 125px; position: right; } dd{ margin: 0; padding: 0... Read More


Decade-Defining Brands: The Pill

on May 06, 2009 8:25 am by Nico Carbellano

In May of 1960, the FDA approved a little white pill called Enovid. Manufactured by G.D. Searle (now a division of Pfizer (PFE)), the drug -- though blandly touted as a way to chemically regulate one's menstrual cycle -- made history for its off-label use as the world's first oral contraceptive. When the pill first appeared, The Lancet said it was "second only in importance to the nuclear bom... Read More


Two Ways: Dollar Thrifty Spinning Its Tires?

on May 06, 2009 8:30 am by Terry Woo

Tough Times for Dollar Thrifty Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG), the car rental company, had a better-than-expected first quarter, but warned of challenging fleet costs ahead. The company reported a loss of $0.55 per share - $0.11 better than consensus estimates. Revenues declined 8.6% year-over-year to $362.4 million, below estimates of $367.6 million. For 2009, Dollar Thrifty ... Read More


Why Twitter Might Be Worth 700 Million Dollars

on May 06, 2009 9:15 am by Adam Warner

Some Kevin Wassong guy pens a piece entitled I Tweet, and I Don't Know Why:"I consider myself an early adopter of technology. I had all the first Apple (AAPL) computers - and still have them. I also was online in the early '90s through Prodigy - and I even had Pointcast. (Hopefully they'll bring that one back, now that bandwidth has caught up with the times.) "I've worked in... Read More


America for Sale: 10 Cities Where Home Prices Are Down

on May 06, 2009 9:30 am by Scott Reeves

Does the housing market signal Armageddon or suggest a buying opportunity? It depends. Falling home prices have created bargains in great places, including Boulder, Colorado (down 12.6%), Eugene, Oregon (down 10.4%) and Portland, Maine (down 11.4%). But while prices and interest rates are low, suggesting it's a good time to buy, they're likely to go lower, and anyone buying now... Read More


How Wall Street Can Regain America's Trust

on May 06, 2009 10:15 am by Peter Atwater

In January of this year, Barack Obama, like the 43 others before him, took the Oath of Office of President of the United States by reciting the very familiar words:"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."And while he has since b... Read More


Ticker Shock: Three Reasons to Invest in the Wonderful World of Disney

on May 06, 2009 10:30 am by Glenn Curtis

Yeesh - I woke up feeling feel lousy. Big-time sore throat - just what I need. "Ricola!" (Remember that commercial?)The Hang Seng closed in the green while the Nikkei was (you guessed it) closed on holiday. Meanwhile, European stocks were in slightly positive territory earlier this morning. And here in the US, we're currently trading higher.Here's what I'm focused on th... Read More


Randoms: The Pop & Drop

on May 06, 2009 10:45 am by Todd Harrison

Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter (click for a free trial). It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also Sitting on the Widow's Peak.As intimated--and in all fairness, not clearly communicated--yesterday, I wanted to stay light and tight with my exposure heading into the stress tests. After getting stopped out on... Read More


Has the S&P Topped?

on May 06, 2009 11:00 am by Sushil Kedia

Below is the hourly bar chart of the S&P Index futures near contract. The pattern into new highs regularly ensconced inside a rising channel provides the illusion of a ongoing rally. Atop are various Demark readings on the daily chart that create a prospective top here today.Click here to enlarge.The chart is an Elliot Wave stab on the same. The big drop to 822 that came in a 5-wave patte... Read More


Options: How to Insure Against Risk

on May 06, 2009 11:30 am by Mark Wolfinger

As I've discussed previously, when you trade options, managing your positions is far more important to your overall profitability than choosing the "best" strategy. More money is lost by mismanaging risk than is made by adopting one specific strategy over another. At the moment, I admit to being undecided about how to proceed with my trading. I still own some RUT June positions (they beg... Read More


Business of Giving: Nonprofits Have the Demand, Not the Supply

on May 06, 2009 12:30 pm by C Warren Moses

If you run a business, you know that demand for your goods or services is good for the bottom line. Increased demand means increased sales, which translates to increased revenue. Economics 101, right? At nonprofits, especially those that serve people in need, textbook economics doesn't apply. Increased demand is an economic stressor, not an economic boom. When more people need our services, we hav... Read More


Ten Signs That This Is Not an Economic Recovery

on May 06, 2009 1:30 pm by Daniel Englander

By nature, I'm an extremely optimistic person. One of the challenges of being in the investment business is managing your own biases, as well as juxtaposing them with the onslaught of biases produced daily by Mr. Market. It's in this fashion that folks who were bearish at S&P 700 are now bullish 900. As a manager of a long-based investment partnership, and for that matter, an interested Americ... Read More


Randoms: Banking on More Capital

on May 06, 2009 1:40 pm by Todd Harrison

Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter (click for a free trial). It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also Sitting on the Widow's Peak and The Pop & Drop.The Hop & Chop - 11:32 am You wanna hear the definition of frustration? Passing on profitable trades to get timely conten... Read More


Surprise: AIG Bonuses More Than First Reported

on May 06, 2009 1:50 pm by Scott Reeves

Do words have meaning? In March, American International Group (AIG) said it paid approximately $120 million in bonuses to about 6000 workers. The company now says it paid close to $454 million -278.3% more than it initially disclosed. But AIG tells Politico, a website covering Washington, that it responded accurately to the questions as asked. A pettifogger's de... Read More


Wall Street Brokers Seek Out Greener Pastures

on May 06, 2009 2:30 pm by Andrew Jeffery

Wall Street securities brokers are having a tough go of it. With nearly $7 trillion in US equity value wiped out since the bear market began, assets under management -- a key component of brokers' earnings -- are down sharply. Trading activity has slowed too, and with it, the fees they generate to arrange transactions. Some brokers are leaving firms like Morgan Stanley (MS) and Merr... Read More


The Ag Lag

on May 06, 2009 2:50 pm by Jeff Macke

Remember Ag stocks? As in, "China has 1.3 billion people (who presumably have been accumulated in over 2,000 years without understanding the miracle that is deliverable pizza). Those people will pay almost any price for (fill in your BRIC bubble name here)!" As it turned out, to the dismay of longs and those who dared ignore the Purple Crayon's mysterious powers, China held the O... Read More


NASDAQ Watch: Pounce on the Bounce?

on May 06, 2009 3:20 pm by Smita Sadana

Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter(click for a free trial). It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community.Dear Professor Sadana, I noticed that the NASDAQ has taken out its 200-day moving average. Would one consider such a move as 1) a leading precursor to the other indexes (S&P and DJIA) to move higher or as 2) a diverge... Read More


MV Weather Report: Is Tech a Sign of the Coming Storm?

on May 06, 2009 4:50 pm by Matt Theal

Every release is better than expected, as is every economic datapoint. The bears just can't win here. Today's story was the better-than-expected stress-test news - which were supposed to come in tomorrow and Friday. This morning, traders were greeted with headlines saying Bank of America (BAC) needs $34 billion in capital - and yet the stock closed up 17% for the day. JPMorgan (J... Read More


Two Ways: Cash 4 Black Gold

on May 06, 2009 5:00 pm by Terry Woo

Crude oil surpassed $56 a barrel today, hitting new highs for the year as a falling dollar and supply concerns boosted speculation in good 'ol Texas tea. The Wall Street Journal reports light, sweet crude oil contracts for June delivery closed up $2.50, or 4.6%, at $56.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. This is the priciest since November 14, when crude was... Read More
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