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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Feeling Bullish, Oprah's Favorites...


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 just about 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.

This picture doesn't do the scene full justice... those turkeys in the tree were ginormous.

Indications Are...
  • It's Wednesday, so it must be time to get Bullish, says Abby Jo, as per Muckdog.
  • So bad it's... good, says Dr. Duru.
  • Or not so much, says Dr. Brett, with a variety of numbers.
  • Afraid To Trade writes on measured moves ("Lightning Bolt Down") in the Dow, past and present.
  • Record low ISEE last Friday, says VIX and More.
  • Just for a refresher, ISEE is a call/put ratio measuring only opening purchases, and only by customers, so it's a contra tell and bullish.
  • That being said, as Bill notes, it's exceptional, but just a one day reading.

Bigger Pictures

  • Calculated Risk has some mail for Paulson.
  • AlphaTrends writes a walkthrough of the Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP).
  • Stockbee writes on the Wild Swings.
  • It's often easy to learn from mistakes, but what can we take away from sucesses? More from Dr. Brett.
  • Roger Ehrenberg with Blogging 101, some useful ideas for building readership of your blog.

If I Only Had a Name...

"You get a car, you get a car, you get a car..."

  • Yes, it's Oprah's favorite things, courtesy of Kirk.
  • Given that I am familiar with exactly zero of these items, I'll keep an open mind for the holidays. Plus, I drew my sister in our family Secret Santa (although we should probably rename it seeing we're almost all Jewish).
  • How about Josh Groban's Noel CD? Um, no. I'm secure enough to admit I do actually like Coldplay. But Josh Groban? I can't do it, even as a gift. It's a slippery slope to Michael Bolton.
  • Claus Porto Soaps?"These all-natural, bath-sized shea butter bars distributed by Lafco New York are a labor of love. They have been created by the Claus Porto's family-run factory in Portugal for the past 117 years. The jumbo-sized soaps appeal to the senses with beautiful wrappers and 17 magnificent scents, from honeysuckle to grapefruit fig. 'They make great hostess gifts,' Oprah says."
  • I'm going to pass on this one too. I'm pro-soap, but as a gift? I'm not real sure. Who wants to unwrap a bunch of Purell?
  • This sounds like something everybody needs: the LG HDTV Refrigerator. "Oprah's giving the most expensive gift in Oprah's Favorite Things history to her loyal viewers in Macon- the LG HDTV Refrigerator LSC27991. It's a top-of-the-line, high-tech entertainment center with a LCD TV, DVD hookup, radio and slideshow option to display your favorite digital photos.
  • Yes, this is a brilliant idea. The best entertainment a normal fridge can offer is the "Does the light stay on?" game. Now you can watch TV on it. Awesome. It sounds a bit pricey though, so I'll pass.
  • Wait, here's one: the Breville Ikon Panini Press. Every weekend for years, Oprah says she's made Stedman a special snack on the stovetop, which she calls "the love sandwich." She used to melt hot pepper cheese over smoked turkey and fresh basil in a skillet... but not anymore! Now she uses the Breville Ikon Panini Press-a kitchen gadget that turns ordinary sandwiches into yummy paninis. "It takes the 'love sandwich' to a whole new level," she says. This panini press doesn't just make a great sandwich-it also grills meats, fish and veggies.
  • Mmmmm, sandwich. $50 and with the Oprah stamp of approval, no less. How can you go wrong with this one?
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