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Random Thoughts


The Red Sox are on TV but the Green Sox are on my screens!


  • While I'm a die hard Yankee fan (from the time I could walk), I gotta admit that the Sox look awfully tough. Last year, during the ALCS, I predicted that '04 would finally be the year that Boston takes the beans. That could very well happen--and it would make for a VERY happy Dan Meehan.

  • Trading from the Roach Motel.

  • On this day in 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard and prohibited private ownership of gold.

  • The semiconductor book-to-bill will be released this evening. I didn't know it was ever caught!

  • Philip Mo, er, Altria (MO:NYSE), Bank One (ONE:NYSE), Lucent (LU:NYSE), Mellon (MEL:NYSE), Pfizer (PFE:NYSE), General Motors (GM:NYSE), Wells Fargo (WFC:NYSE) highlight tomorrow morning's parade.

  • I woke up Saturday and--outta nowhere--jumped in my car and drove to Baltimore to surprise my niece and nephew. The look on their faces was well worth the eight hours in the car.

  • We skipped from winter to summer in one fell swoop.

  • What the hell is a fell swoop?

  • N's over S's big-time.

  • I'm not your brah.

  • Collins suggested sushi today. Dude, I'm gonna offer up some free wisdom--never order raw fish on a Monday when it's over 80 degrees. I'll betcha if Roney did an analysis....

  • If we trade sideways, you could make a strong case for reverse dandruff in both the S's and N's (positive).

  • Law fought the law and the law won.

  • John Succo said it best. "Debt acts like sand in the gears of the economy."

  • Can you be prim without being proper?

  • Traders have been trying to list SPY options for years but the CBOE won't do it because they're making such a vig on S&P options.

  • The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. One of my lawyers sent me that factoid....which is, in some ways, a bit troubling.

  • The dot over the letter 'i' is called a "tittle".

  • It's good to have Professor McGuirk back in action. He'll be posting shortly.

  • The BKX stochastics have given a buy signal. They're NOT timing instruments--and can twist for a while--but it's an ingredient in the Minxy mix.

  • Why do I get the sense that this summer won't be as tame as summers past?

  • I've got it made, got it made, got it made...I'm hot for teacher.

  • Jim Croce.

  • Whenever I can "see" both sides of the Minx, I adjust my risk profile to reflect the diminished probability of a directional move.

  • Crude is on the north side of $38/brl.

  • The drugs are sedated today but biotech is flyin' high.

  • How many randoms is this?

  • I prolly shouldn't tell you this but the Yankee-Sox game is on (top of the 4th, 4-1 Yanks)

  • If the eerie query holds true, the Minx will soon be black and blue.

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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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