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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Randoms From the Black Lodge


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


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.

From the Black Lodge...

Diane, never drink coffee that has been anywhere near a fish. Put/call ratios. All the rage lately.

  • Personal anecdotal experience? As I note here, be careful, the volume is not always what it appears. Nor is the the owl, but that's an issue for Agent Cooper.
  • CXO Advisory does an in depth examination of the CBOE put/call and comes to this conclusion. "The CBOE total put-call ratio is not a useful indicator for short-term or intermediate-term trading of the overall stock market. It is more likely a lagging than a leading indicator of stock returns."
  • I would totally agree. I know many smarter minds than yours truly can derive indicators off the CBOE numbers. I just for the life of me can't see how knowledge that "x" calls and "y" puts have changed hands can predict ANYTHING. I would need to know who bought, why they bought, whether it was a spread, were they opening, et. al. At which point the interpretation of volume becomes subjective. AS IT SHOULD BE.
  • The ISEE call/put number tackles some of these issues and ultimately holds more promise.
  • CXO tackles this too with incredible rigor, and concludes this. "The ISE put-call ratio may offer a slight edge for intermediate-term trading of the overall stock market, but sample size for the critical back test is very small. Evidence suggests that it is a coincident indicator of stock returns.

I'd gladly pay you tomorrow for a hot dog today...

  • Dr. Brett on the dangers of trading in one time frame and using indicators that read another.
  • A Dash of Insight on how to avoid this very mistake.
  • Falling Corn, and the Ethanol producers from 24/7 Wall Street.

Screen Passes

  • VIX and More on some ways to spot the spikers.
  • Stockbee has a great new Market Monitor each day
  • And don't forget Pete Stolcers scanners at OneOption.

Finally, some more new ETF's to play with...

  • Van Eck Global launches Market Vectors-Global Alternative Energy (GEX) today on the New York Stock Exchange. "GEX will give investors direct access to a number of the world's leading alternative energy stocks" says ETF Trends.
  • Al Gore initiates coverage with an "Avoid." Developing... Sound odds, but Drudge is working on it.
  • And Roger has a slew more ETF's on tap from First Trust, including such radical new concepts as a Tech. Utilities, Energy, Materials and all the other usual suspects.
  • My lab here has churned out an ETF based on basket of stocks where Rachel Ray endorses one of their products. It tracks the SPY surprisingly well even though only 498 stocks are in it.
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