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Answers: Goldman Sachs Sold to You?

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The financial giant sets the tone for Turnaround Tuesday.

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  • So, Goldman executives sold $700,000,000 worth of stock during the period when they received $10 billion in TARP money?

  • Seriously?

  • Seriously?

  • I'm all for compensating financial professionals-we need to incent people if there is to be a capital market construct for our kids-but shouldn't that have been regulated when the bill was being footed by the taxpayers?

  • So the U.S Justice Department is investigating the CDS market?

  • Nothing like proactive policy, eh?

  • I'm a size buyer of "truth" and "trust." Anyone know the symbols for those?

  • Is the fact that folks are wading back into seemingly safe market waters a recipe for a boating accident?

  • What if it ain't no boating accident?

  • Entering this morning's Goldman Sachs (GS) earnings, did you know that option volatility was pricing in a 5% move either way?

  • In other words, anything other than a gap below $142ish or above $157ish-which isn't gonna happen-will squash option premium into palpable pain for those who used outright options as directional bets?

  • If that's you, can that mistake please morph into a lesson?

  • Would now be a good time to again offer that earnings are rear-view and balance sheets are forward-looking?

  • And review the potential playbook for the banks we've been musing the last week?

  • Is GS $151ish too tight of a risk leash for those with bearish bent?

  • How about Amazon (AMZN) $85 for those similarly suited?

  • Or the multitude of levels in Research in Motion (RIMM), where I continue to trade around the short side?

  • Riddle me this-if you issue a market moving opinion to private clients and then go on television a few hours later to broadcast your views, is there anything wrong with your clients selling into that post-media price appreciation?

  • I understand that through a legal lens, all market research must be public information upon release. As John Q. Public isn't in the select circles that receive that early wink, do moral obligations arise?

  • Or are we back to the days of skirting the letter of the law as long as those letters include "P's" and "L's"?

  • Societal acrimony? What societal acrimony?

  • Maybe something, maybe nothing-maybe a pterodactyl-but did anyone else notice that the master beta complex-Amazon, Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion, Google (GOOG) and Baidu (BIDU)-were flat to downish in the face of higher pre-market futures?

  • We can learn a lot just by watching, right?

  • Which is also why we should spy yesterday's laggy sag in Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Visa (V) and Sears (SHLD)?

  • What does FINRA have to say about the state of Municipal Bonds?

  • "Shouldn't Jeff 'Coops DeVille' Cooper's morning missive be required reading as we 'see both sides.' Particularly since he paints a picture that could seriously slam stocks?"

  • As we're all about giving back in the 'Ville, can I please draw your attention to dear friends of mine who are humbly requesting modest support for their insanely cool son Michael?

  • Are you squeezing the handlebars super tight and stressing over every tick, or keeping a loose grip, enjoying the ride and letting the market work for you?

  • Hey TD-AmeriMinyans, can you please sum up your Minyanville experience in one sentence or less and shoot it to my inbox?

  • How would YOU sum up Minyanville in three minutes or less?

  • Do you have any idea how many things I can do in three minutes?

  • Are you ready for Memoirs of a Minyan Chapter Six: Trading Places, which will be unleashed tomorrow (or tonight, for those on the Minyanville Underground Railroad)?

  • Tell the truth: Are you enjoying your journey?


R.P.

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