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Random Thoughts


Fare ye well!


  • Where is THE wall that all the writing is on?

  • Today's action is eerily similar to yesterday's tape. The only question I have is if it's too easy to have an instant replay

  • Rebecca Quick or Emma?

  • The brokers are starting to slip a bit harder--watch this as they've been a good leading indicator. XBD 585 is acne support and XBD 577 is the 50-day moving average.

  • If you were on a deserted island and only had ketchup to eat for a year, how much would that suck?

  • Is it "buy at Rosh Hashanah and sell on Yom Kippur?" or the other way around. I always forget.

  • Don't be penny wise and dollar foolish.

  • Can I say "ass-punch" on Minyanville?

  • Rest in peace George Plimpton and Robert Palmer.

  • 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in U.S every year. (Just in case Lappy was interested)

  • There is some serious cosmic nuttiness going around this week. I'm told that it's a function of some planetary alignment that occurs once every 400 years. I can't confirm that timeline--I'd better ask Neil Glassman for visual confirmation.

  • Are frozen Yodels parve?

  • Professor "Pepe" Depew, can you rustle up a sector bell curve so the Minyans can see how lopsided this market is? Hey, he already did! He must be bulimic!

  • If the S&P slips through these levels, the next legitimate support is at S&P 950-960. NDX 1300-1305 is tech support.

  • The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

  • Minyanville Elementary and the University of Minyanville will open in the next few months. Hey Mellon, we're going back to school!

  • Wanna get on your cat's good side? Fresh turkey. Trust me.

  • The transports have led us to the downside this past week.

  • Jim Rogers is signing the all-star guitar today...and I think that'll just about do it!

  • Twenty beats your five, sir.

  • See the SOX dandruff?

  • Do you have a strong edge or defined risk in your trading positions?

  • Taking vacations from trading is an absolute necessity.

  • Goldman Sachs (GS:NYSE) trades like an insider window opened up after earnings.

  • Europe continues to spread red.

  • Today's Random Thoughts will be my last column as I've gotta shift my focus from finance to family.

  • If you're a happy Minyan, please tell a friend!

  • Having a view on whether we should have invaded Iraq (and if they have/had WMD) is one thing. The potential political implications of the same issue are an entirely different discussion.

  • Critters Gone Wild!

  • Wait till you see Daisy's birthday suit!

  • There isn't a bad song on Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.

  • Remember, it's gonna get thin and thinner as we edge through today's session. That raises the probability of an outsized move (either way).

  • Have a safe and peaceful weekend and, for those observing, a happy and healthy new year!
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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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