Sorry!! The article you are trying to read is not available now.
Thank you very much;
you're only a step away from
downloading your reports.

A Critter Quickie

By

May peace be with you!

PrintPRINT



I'm jugglin' my mug off but wanted to sneak out a quick column for the unbuzzable Minyans among you. As we're working with serious time constraints, please excuse the terse tango. Just the facts, Ma'am.

While Boo is emboldened by the "churny" top, Hoofy is quick to remind him that overbought conditions can be worked off as a function of time or price. We opined last week that "sideways to down" was necessary for a year-end sprint. I don't know if we get the latter, but we've certainly got the former.

The current dynamic allows for a two-sided interpretation as the bears can "lean" against the recent highs and the bulls are using the aforementioned trendlines as a support network. In short, while the flags are tattered, the pennant formations remain in play.

I added two legs into my metaphorical fur this morning near S&P 1180 (50% conviction on the short side). I removed one appendage into the 3:00 hour as crude, breadth and the nutty nets all acted dry. It was a "push" in the conventional sense (no pain but not gain) and consistent with my evolving mindset. There are trades for the day, trades for a thesis and trades for a catalyst. Adapting is entirely alright but rationalization, my friends, is strictly forbidden.

Regardless, I've still got a paltry paw in the metaphorical fur (25% conviction on the short side) and I'm inclined to hop home and take a fresh look at the Hump. My risk (and exposure) is defined and I'm aware that the definition of an investment should never be a trade gone awry. There will surely be a chorus of "can't get 'em down" tomorrow but we'll see what tomorrow brings.

I've gotta run---been one of those days--so fare ye well into the bell and, for the lucky ducks taking a five-day weekend, have a fantastic holiday!

R.P.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at todd@minyanville.com.

The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

PrintPRINT
 
Featured Videos

WHAT'S POPULAR IN THE VILLE