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  • If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

  • For further insight into what moved the Russian markets, click here.

  • Add KLA-Tencor (KLAC:NASD) to the list of potential gap fillage.

  • Dubya doesn't look so hot.

  • It seems as if the most heavily shorted names (sectors) are up the most (a sign of squeezage).

  • Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

  • I continue to hear horror stories from the West Coast Minyans. Please keep them in your prayers.

  • I was listening to a teletubbie this morning explain that he was bullish because there's no visibility into next year. Am I taking crazy pills or is that the silliest thing you've ever heard?

  • The BAC spank continues (BAC:NYSE) as investors digest how long it'll take them to digest FleetBoston (FBF:NYSE).

  • Iraq: the never ending nightmare.

  • The stock market: the world's biggest thermometer.

  • Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

  • Gold, which failed right at the previous top, has started to slip a bit harder.

  • Alright, we knew that bounce potential existed--the question now becomes one of sustainability.

  • How many of you hummed "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"?

  • SOX 480 (downtrend) to 487 (previous top) are areas to watch for the chips.

  • This is not today's business but the odds of a confidence crisis are increasing. Why? Giddy sentiment, deterioration in Iraq, Elmer's shovel (digging a deeper hole) and (potentially) Dubya's approval rating.

  • The market will be very illiquid and thin around the time of the FED announcement. Make sure to put limits on those orders.

  • My obvious bias aside, the tape (thus far) continues to exhibit strong tendencies. Home Depot (HD:NYSE) is at a 52-week high, the internals have been strong and the brokers are once again trying to lead by example.

  • "Unsticker?"

  • Let's go Knicks! (This is gonna be a long season.)

  • Watch NDX 1390ish as a potential inflection point.

  • Breadth is s-l-o-w-l-y starting to fade a bit (3:2 on the NYSE).

  • Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"

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