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  • Wake up call! I began the morning by spilling half a cup of scalding hot coffee on myself.

  • The talented John Roque nailed the latest jig in the financials. His morning note today points out that given the weight of the fins in the S&P, if the group "is sideways/flat or rising, there is almost no way the market can go decline"

    He also offers that while the whole financial complex should rally, the technicals suggests better relative / absolute performance in the S&P Regional Bank Index (S15RBNK Index on Bloom).

    As such, the key tell remains the potential for traction/slippage in that space (over the stellar breadth).

  • Better hope it's, "not a big deal" Toddo

  • The biotechs have managed to break free from the recent downtrend off the July top with strength in Human Genome (HGSI:NASD) +6.3% and Millenium Pharma (MLNM:NASD) +5.6%. We're about 6% off the August low with (next short-term) resistance lies at 483 (June low) / 486 (50 dma) / 502 (200 dma)

  • The U.S. men's gymnastics team took silver in Athens. It was the first team gymnastics medal won by the U.S. in 20 years.

  • The retailers are off earlier highs adding 1.4%, high beta has a lift (semis & biotechs) +2%, brokers +2.25% while the mood in crude shows the OSX -2% while prices / brl drilled toward the session highs (pressing 47 / brl).

    The S&P is hovering just above 1080, the NDX looked at 1350 gap fillage and has pulled back, while the INDU wanted no part of being above 10,000 on the first pass. The lift in the financials and the minty breadth had provided a glimmer

  • Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila was the first man to win back-to-back Olympic marathons. (1960 and 1964). He only wore shoes in his second victory.

  • The AFP reported that a superstitious Romanian, who refused to leave his house throughout Friday the 13th to avoid bad luck, died after he was stung by a wasp in his kitchen.

  • A man was arrested and charged with the robbery-of vending machines. The man posted bail, entirely in quarters

  • People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don't. Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds have it best - they laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

  • "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the
    left hand

  • Cal Ripken won a HR Derby (just a reminder). CB home run derby before the game?

  • "My gut says the GIbson homer is somewhere in the top 10 of World Series moments, and maybe top 25 in terms of dramatic baseball moments overall. A lot of the power of the HR was the personal context - the injury, mostly, and Eckersly's previous invincibility. And the fact that it was a pinch-hit effort is also a big plus. It has to lag behind the walk-off dingers that ended World Series - Carter in '93 and Mazerowski in '60. Another plus for Gibson - it was a two-run shot, meaning if he doesn't hit it they lose and don't just go to extra innings.

    On the minus side, of course, it was a Game One, so nobody was going home for the winter if Gibson whiffs. In retrospect, the Dodgers insist it somehow deflated the A's and gave them momentum. But the idea of game-to-game, or even inning-to-inning, momentum is essentially bunk." - Mike Santoli

  • Thanks to interns Eric, Nick and Nina for all their help this summer

  • Hey Fokker, at least I know where second base is...

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