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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Come On Down, You're the Next Blog Link...

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Minyanville brings together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

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Blogs themselves need no introduction, as they get as much publicity as pretty much anything these days, save maybe the latest Britney news. There's an expanding world of excellent financial blogs, covering pretty much everything from global economics to swing trading. Minyanville's goal is to bring together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.



The Price Was Always Right

Unsatisfying ending to Bob Barker's grand farewell: One of the Price is Right Girls is seen eyeing the Wilt Chamberlain of Game Shows kind of funny as he sat in the Diner with one his many "nieces." Next thing you know the screen goes blank. Would have preferred a Dallas-like "What would The Price Is Right" have been had Bob Barker never existed?" Wheel of Fortune.

  • What's behind the Bull Market? Maybe a breakout in money flow, as per Dr.Brett.
  • For the 99.9% of us not running large portfolios and need to focus on a concentrated number of stocks, Kirk shares some screening thoughts.
  • Trader Jamie goes over his Watch List criteria.
  • Time to short Apple? I would agree with Bullish Jim's take. It's a tad overdone, but who's to say it doesn't get way overdone. Options are demonstrably high though as I noted earlier.


Jokers Wild

  • Mucho hat tips to Abnormal Returns.
  • That Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge? Turns out there were some shenanigans going on.
  • Some finalists had an uncanny knack for having after hours winners in their portfolio.
  • Here's how they "apparently" did it. "A trader could go to the CNBC Web site and select a number of stocks to buy, but hold off on executing those trades. If you made the selection before the close of regular trading at 4 p.m. EST and left your Web browser open, you could execute those trades after hours and still receive the 4 p.m. closing price. "
  • You could have up to 50 stocks in your browser this way, and then only *purchase* those you choose, i.e. the one's that pop after hours.
  • Felix Salmon has a couple strong opinions on the contest.
  • Not to be confused with The Contest.
  • "In a nutshell, it turns the serious business of investing into a hype-drenched horse race seemingly designed to glorify the most destructive and idiotic behavior possible."
  • And can we get a better time slot for Fast Money already? Ratings declines are getting serious for The Show That I Shall Not Mention, in the 6 pm slot, as per BloggingStocks.
  • But none of this is going to matter once Cowboy Rupert comes to town. I'm putting all my eggs in that basket for the anticipated options gig. I have topics ready for my first show
  • "Why do call-writers hate America? Should illegals shorting stocks as part of variance swaps be granted amnesty when they get bought-in?


Gambit

  • So in baseball, a "quality start" is defined as allowing 3 runs or less and going 6 innings or more.
  • Roger Clemens did exactly that on Saturday, while allowing 5 hits, 2 walks and striking out 7.
  • The Mets just ended a string of 15 straight quality starts on Saturday. The D-Backs (I believe) had an identical streak end on Friday.
  • What do Jason Jennings, Jon Garland, Danny Haren, Rodrigo Lopez, Jeremy Guthrie, James Shields, Matt Belisle, Jon Lieber, Levale Speigner, Johan Santana, Ervin Santana, Carlos Santana, Ben Sheets, Julian Tavares, Micah Owings, David Wells, Shawn Marcum and Derek Lowe all have in common? Aside from never having been in my kitchen.
  • All but Carlos Santana had quality starts on Saturday.
  • That's 17 of the other 29 starters. Of the remaining 12, 3 others were close. Dontrelle Willis and Gil Meche went 7 innings and gave up 4 runs, and Brandon McCarthy in his first start back off injury had a limited pitch count and went 5 innings, 1 run.
  • What do Guthrie, Belisle, Speigner, Owings, Marcum, McCarthy and Shields have in common?
  • They make less for an entire season than Clemens makes for ONE START. Less than half actually; they all make under $400,000.
  • My point would be if the Yankees care about the money invested (and I doubt they do), they'll need a little more from Roger.
  • But maybe there is a little more here than meets the naked eye. Roger comes with intangible benefits.
  • Says A-Rod, "I think he brings a personality and character that is second to none, and I think this team definitely feeds off of that, and this team needs that."
  • "We're finding out he's a great teammate, too," Johnny Damon said. "Just being around, talking to us."
  • "We feel like we can compete against any team," Damon said.
  • I guess $195 million couldn't quite buy that confidence, they needed for that extra push to beat pathetic teams like the Pirates. Shades of Spinal Tap dialing it up to 11.
  • I realize I am now going to reverse jinx Clemens with this and he is going to torch the Mets next weekend.
  • In case you were actually out and about on a gorgeous Saturday and missed The Rocket ReLaunch, Liftoff and every other play on his nickname, Lozo live-blogged it for us.


The Bachelorette

  • MLB is raffling off a chance to attend a Dodgers game with Alyssa Milano.
  • But that may be a tad misleading. You can win tix to a game that Carl Pavano's one-time flame will attend, lol.
  • Sounds kind of like that old M*A*S*H* episode where they got the whole camp scrubbed for McArthur, and all he did was drive by.
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