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Random Thoughts


How sweet it is!


  • How can humans horse around, breed like rabbits, eat like pigs, be sly as foxes, wise as owls and act like bulls in a china shop?

  • For the week of September 5th, insider sales ($415 million) morphed insider buys ($1.5 million). The trend continues.

  • The vanilla gorillas are picking up the pace of their purchases.

  • General Electric (GE:NYSE) is trying to edge through its June highs.

  • If you knew the day you'd die, would you live your life any differently?

  • John Hughes wrote the entire Weird Science script in two days.

  • The importance of technical perspective: Looking at a one year chart of International Business Machines (IBM:NYSE), 90 looks like a major breakout. If you view the five year IBM chart, however, 90 appears to be mongo resistance.

  • The Raiders deserved to lose last night (too many penalties). Hats off to the Titans.

  • Watch the biotechs as they percolate. BTK 491 is the 200-day moving average.

  • I didn't mean any disrespect to the hunting Minyans out there!

  • The volume is lagging today.

  • How can strategists who remained bullish for the last five years still be considered right?

  • Lappy--be like Nike and just do it!

  • The proposed Fannie Mae (FNM:NYSE) "solution" sums up the electoral agenda.

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm has started to grow on me (in a good way).

  • I'm psyched that Jimmy Fallon has joined to support the Critters Choice Awards. The animated auction should begin tomorrow, Minyans, and the "pre-market" level of interest is lining up!

  • Does your P&L dictate your mood?

  • Why do they call it a "Street Fair." I'd be more inclined to go to a "Street Great."

  • The financials, while green, seem to be laboring a bit. I'm keying on Bank of America (BAC:NYSE) and Citigroup (C:NYSE).

  • After the initial requisite "pop," will the Bin Laden capture rally prove to be an awesome fade?

  • The breadth (holding 2:1 positive), financials and S&P 1030 (NDX 1380) are my daily tells.

  • Fokker in Vegas!

  • If you don't give 110% in this business, you're at a natural disadvantage.

  • The action, performance anxiety and momentum are weeding out the few remaining bears. While that'll feed on itself to the upside, it also increases the risk of downside air pockets.

  • The VIX continues to drip towards adolescence.

  • Anthony Michael Hall turned down roles in Pretty in Pink (Duckie) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Cameron) so he would not be typecast. Oops.

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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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