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Answers I Really Wanna Know: Did Stimulus Spark the Rally?

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Stocks pushed higher yesterday, but who knows why...

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  • What's up with this one syllable temperature?

  • What does it say that big beta-from Apple (AAPL) to Google (GOOG) to Amazon (AMZN) to Baidu (BIDU)-is marginally higher in the face of jiggy futures?

  • Other than the fact that I might take my Apple trade on the opening?

  • Who makes the decision whether someone is important enough to be considered an assassination versus mere murder?

  • Does anyone really think that yesterday's rally had anything to do with the signing of the stimulus package?

  • Warren Buffett is a huge philanthropist but do you really think his bid for the municipal liabilities of MBIA (MBI), Ambac (ABK) and FGIC are motivated by good will?

  • Or is he trying to buy the "good" assets on the cheap as a function of liquidity needs?

  • Will that "matter" through the lens of perception?

  • Is defined risk and the 50% retracement reason enough for my Blackstone schnitzel (BX)?

  • Are you grateful for what you've got or bummed about what got away?

  • What disease did cured ham actually have?

  • Do you see ING (ING) down sharply overseas on chatter of a 6-8 billion Euro write-down?

  • QUICK-how many dollars is that?

  • If AIG (AIG) has squirrelly accounting, what lurks beneath less reputable balance sheets?

  • If we re-liquefy, which is to say reflate, aren't we simply pushing out the comeuppance in a cumulative manner?

  • Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

  • Did you know that the $51.5 billion in outflows from U.S. equity funds and ETF's this year more than reversed the entire 2007 inflow of $37.5 billion?

  • Why can't we lose the "S" and grab an "E" after each and every single "B"? (Think about that.)

  • Is this really the 7th calendar year of Minyanville content?

  • Did I mention that President Fish, my best buddy of 20 years and the brains behind the Minyan mission, and I will be on Fox Business today at 10:40 EST to discuss Minyanland?


R.P.

Positions in AAPL, BX

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 todd@minyanville.com.

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