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Random Thoughts


Oy vey is meir!


  • Why are yawns contagious?

  • There is chatter that a large European asset allocation was in motion this morning. The bears are whispering (hoping?) that it's cleaned up soon.

  • The technical metric continues to point north, spurred by acne in the S&P and NDX. While the stair-step higher is unequivocally bullish, please keep in mind that there is resistance around S&P 1050.

  • The financials, which have paced the tape, are stronger than a mule's breath. Watch BKX 900 as a possible congestion point (break out above). We are seeing a LOT of upside call buying in the group.

  • Should Dick Grasso have taken that "extra" $48 million and donated it to charity?

  • "Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." --John Wooden

  • There is a fine line between never letting an opinion get in the way of making money and using prices to your advantage.

  • Mr. Soros is an awfully nice fella.

  • How do you handle a day when trading isn't going your way? Do a bit less or take a step back. Pressing and guessing will only cause more trouble.

  • It's dangerous and difficult to get in the way of this upside momentum. With that said, this remains my longer term market view.

  • Good luck and warm wishes to our eastern seaboard Minyans.

  • The semicaps stand out in the seas of green. In fact, the semis (as a group) trade particularly heavy. Typically, that means that supply is floating around and if the tape reverses lower, they should lead to the downside.

  • There is a lot of open interest in the September S&P 1050 line (expires tomorrow morning). No, it's not out of the question.

  • As it stands, Sean Michael Mueller is large and in charge.

  • Think positive.

  • Why do they call it the "peanut" gallery?

  • Despite the equity jig, the metals act great.

  • FINALLY! Stan Katz correctly identified Pier 12 as the Daiye spa location. For that, he wins his choice of a snazzy new Minyanville tee!

  • Don't take life too seriously...nobody gets out alive anyway.

  • There aren't gonna be any bears left when "it" finally happens.

  • The head fake lower in the brokers this morning sucked in a fresh round of shorts. That's the high pitched wheeze you're currently hearing.

  • The world is incredibly different than it was a little over two years ago.

  • Does your mood shift as a function of your P&L?

  • Why is Iceland green and Greenland Icy?

  • If trading moves consist of denial, migration and panic, where are we now?

  • Admit were missin' the Random Thoughts.

  • Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeein!

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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