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It's chilly in Red Dye Junction.

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  • The sign said "eight items or less". So I changed my name to Les.-- Steven Wright

  • The ability not to trade is often as important as trading ability.

  • Lagarijo, a famous 19th century bullfighter, killed 4,867 bulls. It is unclear, however, if he was short the semis at the time.

  • Many Minyans have asked for examples of upside hedges. The IBM (IBM:NYSE) November 90 calls (see the gap above) and the Wal-Mart (WMT:NYSE) November 60 calls (earnings/potential acne) represent the "type" of options/charts that could kick in if the market parties like Prince.

  • Note the sharp reversal (higher) in the oil service stocks.

  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952.

  • The gold ETF will be launched December 1st and the chatter on the street is that it's lending demand to the metal.

  • An oversold bounce was due for the dollar (particularly amid the loud declarations of death). It's coming back in today (read: for sale) but, more likely than not, the big picture degradation I envision will likely take its sweet time.

  • We're working on a new Minyanville professor that I'm certain you'll dig in a big way.

  • Ointment is a funny sounding word.

  • The chatter among the Rubyville "early bird special" crowd is that the bull market is back.

  • I just saw 500,000 SPY and 500,000 QQQ on the tape (being told it's a short cover).

  • Rick Mirer?

  • Layoff announcements from U.S. companies more than doubled in October to 171,874, the highest in a year, according to the monthly tally released Tuesday by outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas.

  • The Associated Press is reporting that four large explosions were heard in Baghdad and smoke was seen rising near the U.S coalition compound. Prayers to our troops.
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