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Two Ways to Play: YouTube Testing Video Rentals


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YouTube Testing Online Video Rental

Google's (GOOG) YouTube will begin testing an online video renting service on Friday. It's the first major push by the company to deliver paid content rather than allowing users to watch videos for free in exchange for watching ads, according to the Wall Street Journal.

YouTube will start with five movies from the Sundance Film Festival but will expand to a wider range of health, fitness, and education categories later on.

The movies will cost $3.99 and users will have to go through Google's payment service, Google Checkout. A YouTube spokesperson said Google will split the revenue with the content supplier, the partner getting the majority.

From the Bull Pen: The bulls are sticking to Netflix (NFLX). On the daily chart, the stock has pulled back to $50 support, the level where it broke out in September. One can set a sell stop 2% below entry.

From the Bear Cave: Turn your eyes to tech. The sector led the recovery from the March low, and is now leading to the downside. Consider Baidu (BIDU) potentially filling the upside gap. A buy stop can be set 2% above entry.

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A Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Nikkei 1.22%, India -2.42%, Hang Seng -1.99%, Shanghai 0.22%, and Taiwan -1.13%.

Across the pond, we see the FTSE -0.04%, CAC 0.41%, DAX 0.19%

As of 8:10 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading -0.50 to 1133.00. Nasdaq futures are +1.75 to 1868.75.

A Look at Commodities

Over in commodities, crude oil is +0.28 to 77.94 while gold is -8.000 to 1104.40 this morning. Silver is -0.215 to 17.665 and copper +0.0030 to 3.3580.

The dollar Index is +0.2650 to 78.7650.

On the Radar


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10:00 Leading Indicators
10:00 Philadelphia Fed

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