Sorry!! The article you are trying to read is not available now.
Thank you very much;
you're only a step away from
downloading your reports.

Beatle Bailey


May peace be with you!


Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free


Man, I've got the puffy eye thing going and it's only Hump Day! The tape is taxing and I suppose today's whips and trips were par for the course. Lower (and pressy) opening, mid-morning rampage, early afternoon slippage and some thin trading into the close. With the trading community this reactive, should we really be that surprised?

A couple of quick thoughts heading as the white flag waves overhead. Snoop Tone, with whom I am in constant communication, offered an interesting thought regarding the macro inter-relationship. The dollar was the first to drag lower and, after a lull, the bond market caught a serious bid. If the dominos fall as they may, are equities next to react (to the downside?). While we acknowledge that the correlation MAY be overblown, inter-market moves shouldn't be ignored entirely. Again, this isn't about advice, but we found it interesting and wanted to share it with our fellow Minyans.

Tomorrow's jobless claims (expected at 440,000) are the next visible catalyst on the horizon and that'll shape the uber-near term sentiment. While I'm walking home with both legs in my bear costume (50% conviction on the short side), the underlying bid in the tape (particularly the financials) must be respected. I'm conscious NOT to overtrade and, as discussed, I view higher levels as an opportunity (to add puts). I know that's a minority opinion right now but that's alright -- I'd be worried if there were 58.8% bears!

S&P 920-925, NDX 1120 and BKX 800 are technical levels to monitor on the downside and breaching any/all of them will be the first sign that something is amiss. In the meantime, the action is fine, thank you very much, and Hoofy will spend the evening practicing the Brazilian shuffle. Boo? He'll take his victories where he can get them these days and while he's got a long way to go, he knows that every journey begins with a single step.

Have a peaceful night.
position in spx, qqq

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

The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Featured Videos