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Random Thoughts


If Snapper wants to trigger a mutiny in Red Dye, he better work on gaining the support of the troops.

  • "Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." - Aaron Levenstein

  • But does it come with an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle?

  • ARMS Race!

  • "With a +20% of the SPX weighting, as Financials go, so goes the market. Much of that weakness can be attributable to headline risk, and the beauty of headline risk is that it tends to exacerbate the directional move of the headlines. While many of the overall charts are admittedly deteriorating from broader top formations, headline risk often provides opportunity, as that which is widely disseminated is rarely of value in the investment arena." -- Lehman sage Jeff DeGraaf

  • Take a load off Fannie? Someone is putting the load on her today (-5.6%) as the smoke continues to seep out of the hood.

  • Vibes from Uber-Minyan John Roque: "Only three (Energy, Utilities, and Basic Materials) of the 10 S&P Economic Sectors are in positive year-to-date territory. We're mostly amazed that price action can be so bad and investors can still be positive / encouraged. This is the sort of sentiment conundrum that can get an investor beaned."

  • Taking a look at the Real Estate bubble from all sides.

  • Snapper stepped up this morning and tried to stem the Red Dye tide. Of particular note to Boo, however, was the inability of market internals to effectively reflect this effort. Breadth remains 2:1 negative and until this changes, the critters must view any rally attempts as "counter-trend" and transitory.

  • In the end, the two top teams will settle the score on the floor.

  • Why can't I get Jackson Brown out of my head?

  • Kinky!

  • I would note that both gold and silver are approaching 200-day support while the dollar edges ever-so-closer to 200-day resistance. And while the XAU is off a deuce (2%), the commodities don't act so bad (given the grabby greenback). Precursor to a gold jitter bug (higher)? I think so...

  • Raaaaid!

  • Rest in Peace.

  • Zoë chillin' out!

  • M&A is only one aspect of Duke & Duke's revenues.

  • It was the Moops!

  • Oops...

  • General Muddle.

  • Global warming.

  • "Insiders at regional banks have been gun shy about purchasing shares of their banks recently, according to Thomson Financial. There are seven sellers for every 10 buyers this month, compared to only five sellers for every 10 buyers during the past 15 months." - Barrons Inside Scoop, March 31, 2005

  • Poole Diving.

  • I foresee a revolutionary transformation in the way information is disseminated on Wall Street.

  • The Credit Card.

  • "DOW: a very small degree impulse wave off the low at 10:22 AM (DOW 10,356.78) suggests that that level might indeed be an important pivot point. 7 bps from the '10364' level is close enough to qualify as a bifurcation point. No trade should be seen below this level to keep this bifurcation point viable. Not advice." -- Scott Reamer on today's Buzz.

  • STA-see you real soon....

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