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Doin' It Bloggystyle: French Elections, Bringing Good Things to Light, Ideas for Life, Baseball and Barbaro


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.

Only five days until the French Elections. Featuring Socialist Ségolène Royal vs. ... um ... some guy. Gérard Depardieu maybe. And no, I have no clue what this caption on the pic means. As Steve Martin once said, "those French, they have a different word for everything."

Fallout Boy

What of News Corp. (NWS)/Dow Jones (DJ)/General Electric (GE)?
  • Barry analyzes an NBC Universal spinout.
  • I would agree with The Stalwart here. I don't see the Journal resembling the NY Post any time soon.
  • Controlled Greed says not to a expect the Fox biz channel to be totally different from their current biz offerings.
  • Jon Friedman makes probably the best point of all. The bid alone is a ridiculously great marketing move for Fox.
  • So Paul Kedrosky has some unsolicited advice for GE. Outbid Rupert.

Bringing Good Things to Light

  • Important Comeback in the IBD yesterday, notes the dk Report.
  • When Transports Underperformed? Not when you think according to Ticker Sense.
  • Brad Sullivan's Equity Index Update.
  • And yes, if you clicked through to Brad the other day, it took you somewhere else. Apologies.

Ideas for Life... Or At Least for a Trade

  • MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR) at attractive valuation says Jordan Kahn.
  • Stockbee on what a good earnings trade looks like.
  • Uglychart goes in depth on the SPY and IWM.

Baseball and Barbaro

  • So the Braves call up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "Who cares?" you say, save those of us Fantasy Baseball geeks? Well, he is an instant record holder for "Longest Last Name for a Major League Player."
  • Who is first alphabetically in MLB history? Dave Aardsma. And whose record did he break? Yes, Hank Aaron.
  • No Hank Aaron did not attend when Aardsma broke his record. Which coincidentally also happened in San Francisco.
  • So here's the end of the Indians-Jays game last night. Tie score, bottom of the 11th. Runner on 1st, no one out, 3-2 count. Travis Haffner sticks hit bat on an outside pitch and taps a weak grounder towards 3rd. The runner scores, and no error is involved. How dat?
  • The runner was in motion on the 3-2 count. The Jays had one of those shifts on where the whole team stands on the right side. No one even comes close to getting to the ball (which barely made it into the outfield) on time.
  • Which begs the question. Why in the world do you go to a shift when a weak grounder can end the game just as easily as a sharp liner?
  • But more importantly, what would Barbaro have done? We can fortunately find out Friday on CNBC. Immediately following Fast Money!
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