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Between the world's largest home-improvement retailer and the biggest U.S department store (Sears Holdings), which is off 5% on an earnings miss, is the long-awaited consumer funk upon us?

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  • Do you see that the Navy is sending a third carrier group to the Persian Gulf?

  • Does Home Depot, which slashed its EPS forecast an additional 6-9% on the heels of the housing slump, become today's "reaction to news" proxy?

  • Is the company really forecasting the first annual sales decline (2%) in company history?

  • And it expects the housing market to remain challenging for the rest of 2007 and into 2008?

  • Between the world's largest home-improvement retailer and the biggest U.S department store (Sears Holdings), which is off 5% on an earnings miss, is the long-awaited consumer funk upon us?

  • What happens when higher rates really start to twist some ARM's?

  • Will Greenspan ever get called out for pushing consumers to flip the fixed rate switch?

  • Sacre Bleu! The French government is considering a 27% tax on capital gains for managers of private-equity funds?

  • Did you see the after-hours print of 9,000,000 IWM (I-shares Russell) trade up a buck?

  • Does somebody have really fat fingers?

  • Did you see that monster risk reversal in FedEx yesterday on the heels of Minyan Michael Santoli's Barron's article?

  • The customer bought 10,000 October 120 calls and financed the trade by selling 10,000 October 105 puts?

  • Hong Kong hit another all-time high?

  • If you were gonna have one name, a la Sting or Madonna, what would it be?

  • Did you see the banks fail anew at the 200-day and, once again bringing BKX 111.70-112 support back in the crosshairs?

  • As go the piggies, so goes the poke?

  • How many buy stops are resting on the other side of S&P 1540?

  • Is anyone else hearing less than thrilling reviews about the Apple iPhone?

  • While I continue to dig the new Blackberry Curve?

  • Shouldn't Bonnie Tyler ring the opening bell every Tuesday?


R.P.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

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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