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These articles were published on Minyanville.com on 20th April in History. Checkout how time flies, enjoy reading!

Short Rates and the New Abnormal

on Apr 20, 2010 7:45 am by Howard L. Simons

We noted yesterday in The Yield Curve and Its Distortion how the yield curve was being steepened artificially by suppressing short-term interest rates. One day those rates shall rise like a bubble in the bathtub of life, but in our world of short-term thinking by long-term investors in mid-cap stocks, that will be then; this is now.Can we confirm the assertion that short-term interest rates are ar... Read More


Two Ways to Play: German Confidence Surges

on Apr 20, 2010 8:40 am by Terry Woo

German Confidence Surges German investor confidence surged in April, according to the Zew Economic Research Institute. The rise was due in part to a boost in healthy industrial orders and exports, which pumped the Zew Institute's index more than eight points to 53.0 from 44.5 in March. The survey measures investors' outlook for the next six months. The assessment of the current economi... Read More


Yields Moving Higher Before Supply

on Apr 20, 2010 9:00 am by Richard Suttmeier - The Street

Editor's Note: This article was written by Richard Suttmeier, chief market strategist at ValuEngine.com, which is a fundamentally-based quant research firm in Princeton, New Jersey, that covers more than 5,000 stocks every day. 10-Year Note -- Yields tend to rise in anticipation of supply, then decline during the auction process, as demand remains strong for the international safety of US Treasuri... Read More


Upgrades and Downgrades: No Change for Coinstar

on Apr 20, 2010 8:35 am by Justin Sharon

By the time a well read poets' society brought Big Board proceedings to a close, stocks had shrugged off both lava and java to finish higher on the heaviest volume in a month. Equities averted their eyes as Iceland's ire wreaks havoc on economies worldwide and John Coffee, Columbia Law's noted securities professor, characterizes the Goldman (GS) allegations as "far more sev... Read More


Considering NXP? Caveat Emptor!

on Apr 20, 2010 9:20 am by Bob Faulkner

As is the case with every business cycle, when the winds start to blow in the right direction, the bankers rub their hands together and smack their lips knowing the window is opening on initial public offerings (IPOs). Only the truly desperate attempt a deal during the down cycle but once the window opens, all manner of companies attempt to slip through.Late last week we had privately held NXP fil... Read More


IBM: Will Investors "Sell the News"?

on Apr 20, 2010 9:50 am by Glenn Curtis

Asian stocks were a mixed bag overnight. The Hang Seng finished up 1.02% while the Nikkei fell 0.07%. European stocks were s smidge higher in early trading. And here in the US, we're currently trading higher.Here' s what I'm seeing this morning:International Business Machines (IBM): Big Blue is going to be in the spotlight today. The big news, of course, was its first-quarter results, which... Read More


Eruption Will Continue to Slow Transportation Sector

on Apr 20, 2010 9:40 am by Kevin Grewal

European airspace that was closed due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland is expected to reopen to flights today after experts stated that planes could fly through thinner parts of the ash. However, this move will likely do nothing to boost the tarnished transportation sector.According to major European airlines, this natural disaster has been a financial catastrophe to airlines and their counterp... Read More


Wall Street and Washington's Game Is Rigged

on Apr 20, 2010 10:30 am by Jeffrey Cooper

Editor's Note: The following is a free edition of Jeff Cooper's Daily Market Report. For a two-week FREE trial of his daily commentary and nightly day and swing trading picks, click here.I hear Jerusalem bells a'ringingRoman Cavalry choirs are singingBe my mirror, my sword and shieldMy missionaries in a foreign fieldFor some reason I can't explain-- When I Ruled The World (Coldplay)&ld... Read More


Goldman Sachs: The Poster Child for Class Warfare

on Apr 20, 2010 10:20 am by Todd Harrison

We asked the question yesterday, "Does anyone doubt that Goldman Sachs (GS) will blow out earnings?" We then inquired, "Will it matter?"The most profitable investment bank in Wall Street history crushed their quarterly results this morning, posting EPS of $5.59 (vs. est. $4.01) on revenues of $12.78 billion (vs. est. $11.07 billion). $12.78 billion in three months; How about th... Read More


Is Cobalt the Next Big Commodity Trade?

on Apr 20, 2010 1:00 pm by Justin Rohrlich

Shawn Hackett, president and CEO of Hackett Financial Advisors, a Florida-based firm with a focus on commodities and small-cap value stocks, says he has identified an undiscovered opportunity-- cobalt -- and a unique way to play it.Hackett warns that it "contains a much greater degree of risk of loss than does [his] typical recommendation," and is only for one's "highest de... Read More


Is Inflation Really Inevitable?

on Apr 20, 2010 1:30 pm by Chris Galakoutis

Type the word "inflation" into Google News search and you get over 20,000 hits. Type the word "deflation" and you get barely over 2,000, and many of them in relation to Japan. Apparently the laws of cause and effect and the repercussions of that effect are confined strictly to one nation state. I'm not buying it.It doesn't end there, as it appears to me that there's a gen... Read More


Why HGSI Is a Buy, Even After the Benlysta Data

on Apr 20, 2010 1:45 pm by Lisa LaMotta

Investors of Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) weren't thrilled with the results that the company and its partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) released Tuesday morning concerning their late-stage lupus drug Benlysta. The news pushed HGS shares down nearly 10% in morning trading. But do these results really matter? No. If you're interested in the biotech, now might be the perfect time to buy while Human Genome... Read More


Steve Jobs' Worst Nightmare Comes True

on Apr 20, 2010 2:00 pm by Mike Schuster

Way to go, Gizmodo! You're the winners of one of the greatest product leaks of all time. For a paltry $5,000, you've purchased an exclusive sneak peek at a coveted device, a torrent of publicity, and a heap of solace to Apple (AAPL) fans -- proving, yes, the next iPhone will be better than the last.And as for Android (GOOG), BlackBerry (RIMM), and future Windows Phone 7 (MSFT) users, they're proba... Read More


Will McDonald's Earnings Sizzle?

on Apr 20, 2010 2:30 pm by Josh Lipton

We can't know how they feel about Big Macs, but investors sure seem to find shares of McDonald's (MCD) tasty.Year-to-date, shares of McDonald's have sizzled: up 13% versus an 8% run for the S&P 500.Tomorrow, McDonald's reports first-quarter results before the opening bell. Analysts crunching spreadsheets figure we're going to see earnings of $0.96 per share versus... Read More


Is the Market Rolling Over to Bear Status?

on Apr 20, 2010 3:10 pm by Smita Sadana

Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter (click for a free trial). On life's vast ocean diversely we sail.Reasons the card, but passion the gale.-- Alexander Pope The support levels on the charts pointed to the possibility of a bounce (see yesterday's Buzz post, note that a subscription is required) and the markets obliged us with one.Click to enlargeMy... Read More


Why Charges Against Goldman Will Have No Market Impact

on Apr 20, 2010 3:45 pm by Jeff Macke

Greetings from New York where I spent a sleepless night working through the market impacts brought on by this Goldman Sachs (GS) suit. That's what I do when I can't sleep. I work problems in my head and try to calculate my best "if... then" moves in assorted life-type entanglements. Calculating outcomes is more productive than watching some episode of Seinfeld for the tenth... Read More


Upstream Equities Relatively Cheap Given Crude Oil, Natural Gas Strip Prices

on Apr 20, 2011 8:00 am by Howard L. Simons

If after discussions of the relative performance of silver (see Observations on the Gold/Silver Ratio) and base metals miners (see Base Metals and the Law of Stuff) earlier in the week got you thinking this whole commodity-linked equity thing is a breeze, let's turn our attention to a group related to two different commodities, crude oil and natural gas, whose linkages are far weaker than an... Read More


Minyanville's T3 Morning Market Call: Can You Chase This Monster Earnings-Fueled Up Open?

on Apr 20, 2011 9:05 am by T3Live.com

The Minyanville - T3Live Morning Market Call is brought to you by T3Live.com. T3Live.com is an online financial media network and education platform that provides active traders and investors with market analysis, real-time access to strategies, and in-depth training from real traders, real-time©. Learn more.US stock futures point sharply higher after a slew of impressive tech earnings repo... Read More


Chart Watch: Minyanville Buzz Charts

on Apr 20, 2011 7:45 am by Matt Theal

Below are some of the most-discussed charts on Minyanville's Buzz & Banter, presented without bias, claim, or injury. For in-depth commentary, analysis, and trading ideas in these stocks and much more, take a free two week trial to Buzz & Banter. Netflix (NFLX)Click to enlarge Qihoo 360 (QIHU)Click to enlarge Goldman Sachs (GS)Click to enlarge Rediff.com (REDF)Click to enlarge Broadsoft (BSFT... Read More


Upgrades & Downgrades: Intel Finds Pleasant Surprise Inside Analyst Report

on Apr 20, 2011 8:55 am by Justin Sharon

Stocks rose on admittedly light volume, as impressive earnings out of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and helpful data on March housing starts saw bourses bounce back from Monday's slump. Among specific stocks in focus, Steel Dynamics (STLD) surged 5.73% after solid results but Dick Bove -- the bearded analyst who along with Ben Bernanke does nothing to boost Big Steel's sal... Read More


Equity Averages Straddle 50-Day Simple, Modified Moving Averages on Daily Charts

on Apr 20, 2011 8:30 am by Richard Suttmeier - The Street

The Dow Industrial Average and Dow Transports ended Tuesday above their 50-day simple moving averages (SMAs) and five-week modified moving averages (MMAs). The S&P 500, NASDAQ, NASDAQ 100 (NDX) and SOX ended Tuesday below their 50-day SMAs and five-week MMAs. The Russell 2000 was above its 50-day but below its five-week MMA. All seven of these averages need to be above all of these moving aver... Read More


GM's Stock Is at a Low -- Buy Now or Wait?

on Apr 20, 2011 10:00 am by Jake Lynch - The Street

The new General Motors (GM) went public in November, collecting proceeds of $23 billion and ranking as the second-largest offering in US history. The automaker was assisted by 10 book-runners, with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) snatching coveted lead spots. Although GM's stock, initially valued at 7.8 times forward earnings -- a sizable peer and market discount -- appeared cheap, i... Read More


Random Thoughts: Reflections on a Silver Trade

on Apr 20, 2011 9:45 am by Todd Harrison

When I started trading, a senior guy on the Morgan Stanley desk told me that "some days you're gonna be the windshield and other days you'll be the bug." That stuck with me through the years, and it indeed proved true. At times, I've been in a groove so smooth that I seemingly couldn't lose while other instances, I've been turned inside out -- and that was the last thing I remember... Read More


Five Things You Need to Know: This Is Why There's A Massive Credit Boom Underway

on Apr 20, 2011 11:30 am by Kevin Depew

1. This Is Why There's A Massive Credit Boom UnderwayHere's a question for us to consider. The United States economy, though somewhat improved from the precipice of absolute disaster that we faced in the fall of 2008, the kind of unspeakable financial disaster that prompted grown men, men who were ostensibly employed by we the people to work for us in Washington D.C., to appear ashen and choked, a... Read More


Google's Eric Schmidt Gets a Big Raise

on Apr 20, 2011 10:30 am by Minyanville Staff

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary from around the Web each day. Feel free to send along your own suggestions for blog content that you've read or written.BitsLink: Google's Eric Schmidt Gets a Big Raise"Eric E. Schmidt's new job as executive chairman of Google came with a very nice raise. Eric Schmidt will now make $1.25 million a y... Read More


Minyanville's T3 Midday Market Snapshot: Money Rotates Into High Beta Tech

on Apr 20, 2011 1:15 pm by T3Live.com

The Minyanville - T3Live Midday Market Snapshot is brought to you by T3Live.com. T3Live.com is an online financial media network and education platform that provides active traders and investors with market analysis, real-time access to strategies, and in-depth training from real traders, real-time©. Learn more.The market has traded in a tight range intraday Wednesday after a huge morning... Read More


Are Capital Markets Invincible?

on Apr 20, 2011 11:45 am by Jeffrey J. Kerr

Even the most indomitable forces have a weakness. Sometimes it is a small and almost undetectable item and other times it's more noticeable. The Jets have the AFC championship game and Superman has kryptonite. Reflecting on 2011's first quarter my firm is beginning to believe that the capital markets seem to be the exception to this rule. The Dow's best first quarter in 12 years... Read More


Apple's Outlook May Sour a Sweet Beat

on Apr 20, 2011 12:00 pm by Scott Moritz - The Street

Apple (AAPL) is looking sharp going into a tech earnings season that, until Tuesday afternoon, had been a dismal parade of dullards. If Apple delivers on plan, it will be less like the streak of earnings disappointments from Google's (GOOG) profit-robbing spending splurge and Texas Instruments' (TXN) big miss Monday that somehow came in below the target it lowered last month.... Read More


CIVETS Watch: Dueling Acronyms as BRICS Meeting Overshadows G20

on Apr 20, 2011 12:15 pm by Carol Kopp

It may be little more than diplomatic trash talk on two continents at once, but it is interesting to note that, of the two economic summits held last week, the one held by the emerging nations, or BRICS, got more attention than the competing gathering of the G20, which is dominated by the US and its Western partners.While the G20 was meeting in Washington, the BRICS were hosted by China, on the is... Read More


Trading Strategies: When a Put is a Call

on Apr 20, 2011 2:30 pm by Steve Smith

For more from Steve, including specific options trades, take a free trial to OptionSmith.When options were first listed on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1973, put options were not included. Regulators did not want to approve a product in which one could "bet" on the decline in a stocks price. This, of course, missed one of the main features of options, namely that they p... Read More


General Electric Earnings: What to Expect

on Apr 20, 2011 2:00 pm by Philip van Doorn - The Street

General Electric (GE) is set to report its first-quarter results before Thursday's opening bell and analysts are expecting the company to pay some hefty taxes this time around. GE shares pushed back above $20 in Tuesday afternoon trading, up roughly 10% year-to-date, and the company's transformation continues. Since last year's first quarter, GE has completed its divestiture of 51% of NBC Univers... Read More


Kass: Double Down?

on Apr 20, 2011 2:15 pm by Doug Kass, RealMoney

Doug Kass is a leading markets commentator, and writes daily for RealMoney Silver. This blog post originally appeared on RealMoney Silver on April 20 at 7:35 a.m. EDT. After a doubling in the S&P 500 since the generational bottom of March 2009 -- what is an investor to do? Tactically, I remain of the view that we are in a trendless and narrowly range-bound market, but the risks (technical... Read More


Gold, Silver at Risk of Entering Runaway Rally

on Apr 20, 2011 3:00 pm by Toby Connor

For many months now I've been warning we were going to have a dollar crisis and that dollar crisis would drive the final leg up in gold's ongoing two year C-wave advance. We are now on the verge of the panic selling stage of this three-year cycle.On Monday the dollar briefly rallied on the S&P downgrade of US debt (who knew?). That had the potential to mark the bottom of the current dollar cyc... Read More


Options Strategies: The Synthetic Short Stock Defined

on Apr 20, 2011 3:30 pm by Michael Thomsett

You might believe that the market as a whole, or for a specific stock, is bearish. However, you do not want to risk shorting stock because it's both expensive and risky. There's a solution that has very little risk and costs nothing or close to it.Hard to believe? It's true. Synthetic short stock is an options position that acts exactly like shorted stock. It consists of a short call and a l... Read More


Minyanville's T3 Daily Recap: Market Holds Gap Up, Cloud Stocks Back in Favor

on Apr 20, 2011 4:50 pm by T3Live.com

The Minyanville - T3Live Daily Recap is brought to you by T3Live.com. T3Live.com is an online financial media network and education platform that provides active traders and investors with market analysis, real-time access to strategies, and in-depth training from real traders, real-time©. Learn more.Tech stocks led the market higher -- mainly pre-market -- on Wednesday after a... Read More


United Technologies Finds Love In An Elevator

on Apr 20, 2011 4:55 pm by Justin Sharon

United TechnologiesThose poor people -- 28 of them, and stuck underground yet -- recently trapped for over an hour in an elevator should be rewarded for their heroic patience with stock options in United Technologies Corp (UTX). The Connecticut conglomerate, arguably best known for its industry-leading Otis elevators, got a huge lift after announcing robust results. Shares finished 4.30%... Read More


Random Thoughts: Expiration, Nationalization, and Realization

on Apr 20, 2012 10:20 am by Todd Harrison

Editor's Note: Todd posts his vibes in real time each day on our Buzz & Banter. Late yesterday, while trying to get out of my own way, I offered the following vibes on the Buzz & Banter: The bears have to be frustrated with the price action into the bell as they had every opportunity to make a statement today. As it stands, the banks held their trendline, and the tech tape sho... Read More


5 Things to Know About the French Election

on Apr 20, 2012 3:35 pm by Michael Erb

America's circus-like atmosphere surrounding the Republican primaries and build-up to the 2012 election has been an interesting display of politics. But it should be mentioned that the US is not the only country with an entertaining political contest this year. In fact, France's presidential election has already had its share of odd events. In a rather tumultuous year, t... Read More


Within a Month, Which Refinery Will Be the Largest in the US?

on Apr 20, 2012 8:55 am by Ashim Midha

While US Northeast refineries such as ConocoPhillips' (COP) Trainer as well as Sunoco's (SUN) Girard Point and Marcus Hook are on the verge of shutting down if a buyer is not found, the historic Port Arthur refinery near Sabine Lake in East Texas is about to complete a massive expansion. Continually improving exploration and production technology will allow for significantly greater... Read More


What the Resale Values of Gift Cards Reveal About Retailers' Popularity

on Apr 20, 2012 3:10 pm by Stephanie Taylor Christensen

Gift card sales are expected to reach $100 billion in 2012, but after years of being a win-win for retailers, consumers are starting to take back the gift card power, thanks to a highly profitable market: Gift card resale. There are at least a dozen viable businesses online that have created an entirely new market from simply linking buyers and sellers of unwanted gift cards. At Plastic J... Read More


Upgrades & Downgrades: Sorry Sox Fans, Boston Beer Looks Flat

on Apr 20, 2012 9:20 am by Justin Sharon

Stocks fell for a second straight session, dragging the S&P 500 (^GSPC) down for a ninth day in 12, and this time investors couldn't even entirely blame Europe. Generally solid earnings announcements were outweighed by the three stooges of disappointing economic data on this side of the Atlantic, namely sluggish readings on initial unemployment claims, existing home sales, and... Read More


Flash Crash! SanDisk Teases Ties With Apple, but That Relationship Is Not a Two-Way Street

on Apr 20, 2012 11:20 am by Michael Comeau

Did you think all the bad news was priced into SanDisk (SNDK) stock after its recent negative preannouncement of weaker-than-expected first-quarter results? (See SanDisk Blowup Highlights Apple's and Samsung's Smartphone Industry Dominance.) Well, think again, because the flash-memory giant is taking another savage beating today following the release of its full first-quarter results, a... Read More


Best of the Blogs: Apple's "LiquidMetal" New iPhone Arrival Date Set?

on Apr 20, 2012 11:10 am by Kathleen Culliton

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary from around the Web each day. Use our comments section to post your own suggestions for blog content that you've read or written. Mashable Link: Next iPhone to Be Made of 'LiquidMetal', Arrive in October "Apple's next iPhone will be available i... Read More


Today in Tech: Details on the New iPhone and a Huge Antitrust Case

on Apr 20, 2012 1:05 pm by Vincent Trivett

New details on the future iPhone have hit the press today. Korea IT News says that Apple's (AAPL) newest phone will employ Liquidmetal, an alloy that feels like glass, but isn't prone to as many scratches and cracks. Apple has held exclusive rights to use this alloy, which can be injection-molded rather than die-cast, since 2010. If this is true, the Liquidmetal body will allow f... Read More


Buzz on the Street: Apple Bears Take Control

on Apr 20, 2012 3:35 pm by Minyanville Staff

All day and every day, some of the stock market's best and brightest traders and money managers share their ideas, insights and analysis in real-time on Minyanville's Buzz & Banter. Below are some excerpts from this week's Buzz. Click here for a 14 day free trial. Note: Some links may require Buzz subscriptions. Monday April 16, 2012 EnCana's Monument to Natural Gas... Read More


AMR Unions Have Tentative Contracts With US Airways

on Apr 20, 2012 2:55 pm by Ted Reed - The Street

The three largest unions at AMR (AAMRQ) have not only announced their support for a merger with US Airways (LCC), but have also reached tentative contract agreements with the Tempe, Arizona-based carrier. Most importantly, the contracts would preserve 6,200 of the 13,000 jobs that AMR has said it must eliminate and "would provide competitive, industry-standard compensation and benefits... Read More
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