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Answers I Really Wanna Know: Looking At a Bear Market Rally?


Given that the banks and homies led the lift, is that cause for pause in the Matador Camp?

  • Remember when we were staring straight into the abyss last week and offered Five Reasons for Optimism?

  • And noted that we needed to monitor the DNA of the second rally for leadership, volume, levels and tenor?

  • Given that the banks and homies-the most oversold sectors-led the lift, is that cause for pause in the Matador Camp?

  • And the S&P retraced 50% of the decline from all-time highs?

  • Isn't that what bear market rallies look like?

  • Or do we still have room in the context of lower highs?

  • Yes and yessir?

  • Should I be surprised that kickboxing is tougher when someone is fighting back?

  • By punting my upside rentals (banks, homies) into strength and scaling into consumer non-durables and pharma on weakness, did I sell my winners and hold the sinners or use price to my advantage?

  • I mean, what if the Huggies are soiled and drugs are abused?

  • And should I be worried that I'm not that worried about Schering Plough (SGP), Merck (MRK) and Elan (ELN) in here?

  • So, have you SEEN Minyanland yet?

  • If you're an active trader, are you reading the Buzz & Banter, which is real-time and real good?

  • Why don't cannibals eat clowns? (They taste funny.)

  • The S&P downgraded 6,389 U.S. subprime residential mortgage backed securities and 1,953 collateralized debt obligation ratings?

  • NOW?

  • Remember New Century Financial?

  • Are we having fun yet?

  • Has anyone seen Andrew Cuomo and Dean Martin in the same room at the same time?

  • Are you really that surprised that The Blame Game is kicking into full gear?

  • Do you hear all the negative chatter regarding the negative bank reserves currently making the rounds?

  • Is this what a Fire on the Mountain looks like?

  • If reaction to news is more important than the news itself, what does the post-earnings reaction in Apple (AAPL), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), Intel (INTC) and other tech bellwethers tell us?

  • JEEZUMS---the opening bell, already?



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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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