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Random Thoughts


Did somebody say waffles?


  • The biggest "negative" I've heard from the bulls this morning (regarding Microsoft (MSFT:NASD) was that they didn't announce a dividend. Still, forward revenue guidance impressed.

  • I've seen a decent amount of sell side flow today from the gorillas. It's early...but it's worth a mention (they were around yesterday afternoon as well).

  • Did those guys just call you the Godfather?

  • Kevin "Pepe" Depew's comment regarding the internal characteristics of this pullback (vs. others) was an excellent observation.

  • Software and semis trade lethargic; Oil service trades firm.

  • Caterpillar (CAT:NYSE) is frisky.

  • Is this gonna be another anticlimactic expiration?

  • Keep the pen!

  • Watch S&P 975, 965 and 950 as tranched support.

  • When a stock opens flat (or down) on an "up" opening, it infers supply. When it opens flat (up) on a sloppy opening, it infers underlying demand.

  • When in doubt, sit it out.

  • Discussing the actions of our administration isn't's actually the definition of American.

  • Do you think Wonder Woman wore a Wonder bra?

  • Student Minyans-ENJOY yourself; you'll look back at your college days as some of the best times of your life.

  • Expiration and Earning's week is always busy but this one is particularly so. Please forgive me, this will likely be the last post today.

  • Is the downside "crossing" of the 20-day moving average through the 30-day moving average (S&P) significant? Maybe-the last time they crossed (up) was mid-March.

  • OK, I'll admit it. Growing up, I had a crush on P.J Soles and Phoebe Cates.

  • The cast of Diner was awesome. You gonna eat those fries?

  • Watch for expiration "stickiness" around a particular strike. It sometimes acts as a magnet and when the front month paper expires, stocks will continue on their "natural" path.

  • I think Greg RN is doing a fantastic job with The Fokker Chronicles.

  • November 12.

  • What kinda odds will you lay that the VIX trades over 30 between now and year end?

  • Regardless of what you trade, you should have Fannie Mae (FNM:NYSE) on your screen. It serves as a proxy for the structural psychology.

  • How come, as you get older, it gets harder to lose weight and easier to lose money? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Yes...I've said this before but I reserve the right to recycle Random Thoughts!

  • The calories per doughnut just aren't fair.

  • The fun parade continues next week: Monday: Leading indicators; reports from 3M(MMM:NYSE), Check Point(CHKP:NASD), Merck(MRK:NYSE), Altera(ALTR:NASD), Novellus(NVLS:NASD), Texas Instruments(TXN:NYSE). Tuesday: reports from Pfizer(PFE:NYSE), Amazon(AMZN:NASD), Amgen(AMGN:NASD), Beazer Homes(BZH:NYSE), Broadcom(BRCM:NASD), Lattice Semi(LSCC:NASD), Schlumberger(SLB:NYSE), Siebel Systems(SEBL:NASD), Sun Micro(SUNW:NASD). Wednesday: America Online(AOL:NYSE), Boeing(BA:NYSE), Eastman Kodak(EK:NYSE), Lucent Tech(LU:NYSE), Schering-Plough(SGP:NYSE), Computer Associates(CA:NYSE), Electronic Data Systems(EDS:NYSE), Foundry Networks(FDRY:NASD), LSI Logic(LSI:NYSE), Overture(OVER:NASD), Qualcomm(QCOM:NASD), Stmicroelectronics(STM:NYSE), Veritas(VRTS:NASD). Thursday: Initial claims; Microsoft(MSFT:NASD) analyst meeting; reports from American Intl Group(AIG:NYSE), AT&T(T:NYSE), Baker Hughes(BHI:NYSE), Biogen(BGEN:NASD), Bristol Myers(BMY:NYSE), Eli Lilly(LLY:NYSE), Kulicke & Soffa(KLIC:NASD), MBNA(KRB:NYSE), SBC Comm(SBC:NYSE), Taiwan Semi(TSM:NYSE), EBAY(EBAY:NASD), KLA Tencor(KLAC:NASD). Friday: Durable Goods, existing home sales, new home sales

  • NDX 1250 continues to "do work."

  • How many bears have been squeezed out of their minds? Think about it-Boo's looks a combination of Geoffrey Rush (Shine) and John Nash!

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  • May peace be with you.
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