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Buzz Bits: Dow, Nasdaq Dip Lower


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Earnings Report - MV News

  • Oracle (ORCL) reports 4Q $0.37 EPS vs. $0.35 cons on revs. $5.8 bln vs. $5.61 bln.
  • Nike (NKE) reports 4Q $0.86 EPS vs. $0.86 cons. on revs. $4.4 bln revs vs. $4.36 bln cons.

Answers I Really Wanna Know... - Todd Harrison - 3:37 PM

  • Did you see those seven figure prints on the rope (read: hitting a bid) in the QQQQ and SPY?

  • At what point is Blackstone broken?

  • Do you see the slippy action in Fortress (FIG) as chatter circulates that 60% of its assets are priced with "internal models"?

  • Did I mention that, according to my internal model, I weigh 180 lbs?

  • And just like that, the VXO can vote?

  • What's gonna happen when everyone goes on vacation next week?

  • You're not a bug, are you gnat?

  • With a conscious nod that S&P 1386 is a mere 10% correction from the recent high, are you viewing your risk profile through the proper lens?

  • What's the difference between a frontal lobotomy and a bottle in front of me?

  • Do you see that the SEC has opened twelve probes into complex securities?

  • Fletch or Fast Times?

  • Y'all see the relative rotation into pharma and the consumer space?

  • Holy cow, it's 3:30 already?

  • Is $31 to Blackstone what 1490 is to the S&P?

  • Why do I sense that both will close within' spittin' distance of those respective levels?

  • Are we there yet?


Bag it Randoms - Jeff Macke - 2:16 PM

  • Kroger (KR) is getting smacked around today after reporting and guiding more or less in-line. In-line is rarely good enough for stocks sporting 20% gains half-way through the year. Something to keep in mind as we enter reporting season in the next couple weeks.

  • Nike (NKE) reports after the bell. Pay attention to its running and basketball segments, which are rumored to be improving after years of lagging. Since yesterday's dance with a neighborhood pit-bull, I'm in the market for some running shoes with steel-toed spikes, a la the Iron Sheik.

  • Speaking of runs coming to a bloody end, here's an utterly pointless prediction for the third quarter: Apple (AAPL) goes back to the 90's (and, no, I'm not expecting a stock split).

  • "Pssst... Green(horse)shoe loves Blackstone (BX)..."

  • You can try anything as long as you have a firm exit plan. Keep that in mind if you're trading this tape. Long or short, the discipline to act on your "mental stops" is key to volatile markets. As Todd-O says, don't let a trade turn into an investment.

Quick Look at Gold, Silver-Related Shares - Kevin Depew - 1:28 PM

The ongoing selloff in gold, silver and related shares is beginning to raise some hackles, whatever hackles are, so I wanted to point out some important point and figure levels worth watching.

Morning Update - Sally Limantour - 9:30 AM

Volatility in stocks yesterday gave us trading opportunities on both sides but the market continues to exhibit higher volume on the way down. Asian stock markets were mostly lower with Japanese shares lower on losses by Sony (SNE) and Advantest (ATE). China also fell, continuing its decline from Monday. The Shanghai index is now down 5.4% in the last two trading sessions.

Yesterday's news from the Bank of International Settlements was a sobering message that pointed to inflation risks, a stronger-than-expected US slowdown and a concern that "markets had become irrationally exuberant." This coupled with the subprime woes contributed to the fast sell off in stocks yesterday.

News this morning the US Dept of justice has launched an anti-corruption investigation into BAE Systems (BEAS) which includes dealings with Saudi Arabia had BAE shares sliding 9 per cent.

The buyout boom which has helped fuel the market may slow down and we are starting to see a raft of bond offerings for recently announced deals come off the table. These include the $7.75 bl buyout of Thompson Learning and the $7.1 bln deal for US food service. Going forward the market will be watching two other buyouts, the $4.7 bln deal for ServiceMaster and the $6.9 bl sale of Dollar General to see how their bonds are priced and will serve as a pulse for the LBO world.

This morning has a slew of reports to key of off and I will be watching today's pivot of 1515.00 and how/if the market can capture yesterday's POC of 1524.25. The 1528.00 level I spoke about yesterday did cap the upside and early going the first resistance will be the 1521.75 level.

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