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Morning Randoms


Hit 'em hard today, Minyans!

  • Please don't squeeze the Charmin!

  • The grabby greenback is trying to mount the 50-day hump at DXY 88.24 (which also coincides with the downtrend line from July). Jitterbugs would be wise to watch Private Benjamin today.

  • Speaking of which, metal equities were en fuego yesterday as the XAU edged to a new '05 high and set her sights on a triple triple (three year triple top).

  • The most popular show in Matador City.

  • Baton Twirling!

  • Whereas Lehman (LEH) was Beek's peek (and our tell) yesterday, the mighty Bear (BSC) should remain on our radar on the heels of this morning's (better than expected) earnings.

  • It's hard not to be reminded of Bill Meehan.

  • The NY Federal Reserve Bank will meet with Wall Street banks today to discuss credit derivative risks. I would personally like to see Professor John Succo moderate those discussions.

  • A summary of what I have been writing about these past four years, only more eloquently (and all in one paper)! -- Professor Laurie McGuirk

  • Delta (DAL) and Northwest (NWAC) bit the belly up bullet yesterday. Just in time for Prudential to punt NWAC from overweight to underweight and lower its target to $0.


  • It's not a pleasant morning for Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) as the stock has been downgraded by everyone and their mother. FITB is already getting spanked for approximately (6.25%) pre-market and has a 3.26% weighting in the BKX.

  • Professor Brian Reynolds offers his take on the latest spate of corporate bond issuance. Hoofy and Boo would both be well served to read this input from the credit desks.

  • The Altria (MO) call buyers continued to peck away in size yesterday.

  • Iran. Iran so far away. Couldn't get away.

  • I still think that Gene Hackman's best role was in Young Frankenstein. And yes, I mean Gene Hackman.

  • S&P 1225 is both an expiration magnet (into tomorrow morning) and the 50-day moving average.

  • There's no inflation. Seriously. Just ask the BLS.

  • Did everyone see Elmer distance himself from Aunt Fannie (FNM) and Uncle Freddie (FRE) after the close yesterday?

  • Keep an eye on those pesky piggies as they edge back below BKX 98.

  • The Ruby Peck Foundation Katrina relief effort is hummin' and we still need your help (100% of the proceeds raised in September will be distributed directed to those in need). Minyanville is also doing our part as we're sending critter clothes down south. A little effort goes a long way, Minyans, so please help us make a difference.

  • Good luck today.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

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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