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Random Thoughts


Keep eating like that, Toddo, and you'll be a fat cow!


  • Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the idea to his neighbor Henri Nestle.

  • According to Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates are the world's eighth largest holders of SPY.

  • Asset classes around the world are all over the place but equity volatility measures (VXO, VXN,QQV) are flattish. Disconnect? Me thinks so--and that's not necessarily a "directional" call, per se (just anticipatory of an outsized move).

  • It's an unwritten law in option trading that you close out positions with the broker you initiated them with.

  • If you're blue and you don't know what to do why don't you just go where fashion fits (knock, knock) "puntin' on da riiis!"

  • Pull up a ten year chart of DJT. You're fired!

  • Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarp!

  • The retail sector acts relatively heavy thus far.

  • The integrated oils are up a percent and challenging all-time highs.

  • I can't wait till Brodsky gets on the Buzz.

  • The Minyanville Free Enterprise Club is growing and it's very exciting. If you'd like to earn while ya learn, please send us an email to learn how to be a part of the critter adventure!

  • Hi, my name is George, I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.

  • Yes, Minyans, as it stands, we're still churning at the 50% retracement of the bear mkt bounce (S&P).

  • Breadth (and banks) remain Hoofy's best friends. I asked (on the Buzz this morning) if today was the BKX reversal day. IF that turns out to be the case, tech will likely lead us down. Follow?

  • Collins has a French manicure. Weirdest thing I've ever seen (not that there's anything wrong with that).

  • Lotsa conferences next week: The mighty Bear media fete, SG Cowen's 24th annual healthcare show, Smith Barney's global industrial manufacturing plant, Deutsche Banks IT hardware/software gig, Lehman Brother's global software and IT services play and Merrill's European transport train. So you know, Minyanville's first annual west coast road show will occur in three weeks.

  • Texas Instruments (TXN:NYSE) has their mid-quarter update Monday and the earnings parade will pick up later in the week.

  • This tape has more swings than a Hedonism vacation.

  • If you're bullish higher and bearish lower, start your weekend early.

  • Where...the Beeks?!?!

  • If you're emotionally attached to a particular stock, put it on your own personal restricted list and find other opportunities.

  • Portis for Bailey. HA!

  • Thurman Munson.

  • I am hearing that a well respected technician just went out with a major "sell" call (spike failure at resistance). Been there, done that, but wanted to make sure you saw it.

  • I could use a Friday night face plant.

  • Cuba is the next South Beach. Fokker is giggling with excitement.

  • Don't mess with the Wongs!

  • I've capitulated...on my diet. Grilled cheese with bacon and tomato, fries and a chocolate shake. Hey, if you're gonna be a bear, might as well be a grizzly!

  • The first Minyan who can tell me where the above quote is from (If you're gonna be a bear...) wins a free Minyanville tee!

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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

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