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Random Thoughts


It sure seems like the air gets thinner over the course of time as folks fall into societal trappings. Alas, that's what makes for long-standing, mutually respectful relationships.

  • I was talking about "character," "trust" and "moral compasses" last night with an old friend. It sure seems like the air gets thinner over the course of time as folks fall into societal trappings. Alas, that's what makes for long-standing, mutually respectful relationships.

  • After yesterday's "oh no you didn't!" upside surprise--and given the technical confirmation above S&P 1527--the initial probe higher (after technical affirmation) wasn't a shocker.

  • The financials have emerged as flies in the Matador try (the banks came for sale out of the gate), although the brokerage index is now sporting acne (AG Edwards is the second largest weighting in the XBD).

  • You know what's awesome? When good things happen to good people. Especially when that good person is your mother.

  • I'm eyeing 10:1 odds on Al Gore nabbin' the Democratic Nod. I've got no edge, just a sense in a soft field.

  • Hoofy's gotta want it but if he can hold the line at newfound support (old resistance, or S&P 1527), he's already got the benefit of the doubt. The risk, naturally, is that there aren't many doubters anymore.

  • "Tripping down memory lane, Minyan Collins asks what I think of J Crew (JCG) going into tonight's earnings. He notes that the chart looks good. I responded that I'd rather have the chart look weak into reporting... the high-flying retailers have been getting smacked after reporting, almost regardless of what they say. The Coldwater Creek (CWTR) model, where expectations were low, is much more appealing as a trade, from where I'm sitting." Television's JeffMacke on this morning's Buzz.

  • We're getting closer to unleashing details on this year's Minyans in the Mountains soiree. Bear with us as there's LOTS going on in the city of critters (keep your eyes peeled for big news). The "don't hold me to this early look" is the first weekend in October in snazzy Napa Valley .

  • I'm trekking to Baltimore tonight to log some Q.T with my brother Adam, which has been a long time coming. I'm not sure what "Cowboy Mouth" is but we're seeing them in Dewey Beach before a weekend of Super Uncle with the kids. I wasn't gonna go but I'm quite sure that in ten years, I'll relish my family vibes more than missing the flickering ticks.

  • Answers I Really Wanna Know...

    • Did you see that SunMicro director just scooped 200,000 shares?

    • Is this puppy gonna hold big support at $5 and work its way back towards the (earnings) gap between $5.55 and $6ish?

    • Weren't SUNW and GSS both acting great until they got a high profile push on a popular television show?

    • At what "rate" do asset alligators buy bonds and sell stocks?

    • Where is the dollar if the DJIA trades to 17,500?

    • Don't stock picking contests encourage reckless reward chasing behavior?

    • How can the Knicks and Yankees both have their respective leagues' highest payrolls and be as bad as they are?

    • Y'all seeing crude dippin' to the tune of 1.5%?

    • How bout the DRG trying to lift following yesterday's kiss of the 50-day?

    • Do you think Dow Jones theorists are paying attention to the fact that the trannies are trading at all-time highs?


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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

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