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Random Thoughts


I can't believe I didn't get the Birdland show.


  • I saw Daisy on the dance floor this weekend grinding with Hoofy to "Busta Moo."

  • An excellent observation from Phil Erlanger. " The absolute number of manufacturing jobs is now fewer than at any time since June of 1950 (when Neil Glassman graduated college). Back in 1953, manufacturing jobs counted for 26% of the labor force. Last week manufacturing jobs counted for only 9.77% of the labor force. "

  • I watched Lost in Translation during my Friday night face plant. Wasn't impressed.

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  • Snoop Tone lobbed the following observation into the 'Ville--"Since inception, whenever the S&P 500 (SPX) has a negative period, which is followed by an up year, the second year after a negative period has never been negative. The average gain of the second year of recovery was 13%, with a worst case gain of 4.4% in 1992 and best case gain of just over 20% in 1996. A negative period is defined as either a single down year or multiple down years."

  • I would qualify the above observation with my own--we're coming out of the biggest financial bubble in the history of the world. As such, historic relevance may not be applicable. Just thinkin' aloud, Tone, but always wanna hear/see what you're thinking.

  • I had the opportunity to dine with Sting on Saturday night after his show. I was a big fan before, I'm a bigger fan now.

  • Are you overtrading?

  • Big win for the 'Cuse yesterday and it's the right time of the year to hit a stride. March Madness!

  • Texas Instruments (TXN:NYSE) paints the tape tonight with their mid-quarter update.

  • Out of sight, out of PPI?

  • Remember the final Gladiator fight scene when Commodus sabotaged Maximus by stabbing him under his armor? That's kinda how Boo feels these days--he wants a fair fight to show his true grit but the electoral agenda (and phantom PPI) is skewing the minxy coliseum in Hoofy's favor.

  • The S&P (and BKX) intermediate term stochastics that I follow have edged into overbought territory. The other main mainstay averages (DJIA, NDX) are entirely more neutral (as you might expect). The BTK (biotechs) are about to issue a lofty cross (negative).

  • Shhh! I can't hear you with the low volume today.

  • I've got the pennant chase unfolding on two of my Bloomberg screens. Hoofy's wearing an "S" on his shirt while Boo is sportin' a big "N" under his dye.

  • I thought the season premiere of the Soprano's was killer.

  • There is something cookin' in the 'Ville--something that (potentially) will shock ye faithful (in a good way). Stay tuned.

  • The retail space continues to trade somewhat soft (relative to its recent action), energy is firm once more (although a negative divergence is forming in the OIH), the semis are workin' for a living at SOX 500 (495 is ripcord), internets trade better and the macro asset classes are now drifty.

  • If In-N-Out burger opened a NYC franchise, I would have to get a larger apartment.

  • Looking at the charts on the top 10% weighting of the NDX, eight out of ten are below the 20 and 50-day moving average while five of the ten are below the 200-day moving average as well. Thanks Sean "I used to be a Bronco fan but now I'm an Avs Guy" Mueller.

  • I can't believe that the QQV is gonna be a teenager again. Wowzers.

  • Quiet is as quiet does, Forrest, as it's uber-slow out there today. Still, it sure does feel like something is gonna happen sooner rather than later---the flags are running out of room.

  • I'm hearing (can't confirm) that Sam the Butcher and Alice used to live an alternative lifestyle.

  • I gotsa sashimi style lunch meeting around 1pm--just an fyi.

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