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Two Ways To Play: Help Not Wanted


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Monthly jobs numbers were out this morning and they weren't pretty. The Labor Department reported that employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, while the country's unemployment rate rose to 6.7%. According to Bloomberg, the cut in payroll occurred at its fastest pace in 34 years - and the unemployment rate is now the highest since 1993.

Even more disturbing, however, is the number of workers not counted in the jobless rate on account of their part-time status. That figure surged to 7.32 million, the most since the Labor Department began keeping those records in 1955. Furthermore, the number of discouraged workers -- those who have stopped looking for work -- rose to 608,000. This figure also isn't included in the official report.

For more context on the economy, see DepewTube: When Will the Recession Recede?

From the Bull Pen: Ugly job numbers, but as Professor Bennet Sedacca said today on the Buzz, "We must heed the message of the market and note today's strength." Bulls looking for a tactical upside play can consider VMWare (VMW). One might be able to catch it on a pullback to the $20-$22 range.

From the Bear Cave: A 3% rally in all the major indexes, but AT&T (T) failed to respond. Keep this on the radar and watch the behavior at $30 resistance.

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