Gasoline is up 20% (.24) in 8 days, merry Christmas!
I think/hope some of this nat gas buying is on speculation and short squeezing rather than on the reality that it now costs 150% more than it did last year to heat homes.
This will not affect today’s consumer sentiment reading but will be a major market bummer if it continues into next month.
Until the report at about 9:30-9:50, expect what will either be a dead market bounce or the start of a very nice Friday rally.
I am going to apologize to Sunoco, they may actually be a better buy than COP but Conoco has made more investments in production while SUN has focused on cutting costs on current production. While SUN may rise faster than COP, I still think COP is the stock for the future.
VLO is really primed to pop at the moment as are THE, SLB, CVX and PTEN. There is a great sale on BP today as the Kuwaiti government is selling $2Bn worth of the stock in Europe. Just like with GNW, you have to wait for the dust to settle but this will be a great buy very soon as well!
NFLX has reached a critical juncture right at $27.50. There is a lot of downward pressure on the stock but it has steadfastly refused to cross this line. They have done a great job bringing costs down and they have low churn despite their much vaunted competition.
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LLY is guiding up but, most importantly, they announced that they have no more patent expirations this decade! I really don’t think they could have said anything better outside of a cure for something popular. This coupled with the Merck collapse makes this my Trade of the Day!
I’m sorry I missed this earlier in the week but there is no time like the present. The stock dropped $1 yesterday on unfounded guidance fears so ignore the first dollar of today’s rally in the stock. We need to give them another quarter to run and also we will pay less of the jump with a longer call so I’m going for the April $50 at $5 (no more than a $2 premium) and I will look to offset it by selling the current $55 or, if we are lucky, $60 as soon as the premium hits…
Game on for gold and oil. From the WSJ : "According to a recent study by the World Gold Council, an industry association of the world’s leading gold-mining companies, investment demand for gold rose 56% in the third quarter and is expected to increase further." According to my "poker with the Saudis" scenario, we should get a pretty nice run to the $520 or so range followed by a sudden, viscous pullback. It snowed in NY this weekend so, of course, that means it has just occurred to many traders that we might use some oil this winter so our oil picks are back in play. PTEN, TDW and OII look ripe for a move and SLB may break $100 if the sector is strong (if VLO and XOM are up). I still love my COP $65s but they have not been loving me so I can’t recommend them. Now we know what’s up with BSX, they just made a bid for GDT, trying to steal it from cheapskate JNJ who had the deal locked but then demanded a discount of 15% from Guidant. Now Boston Scientific is offering back around the original price but I think JNJ was right and that BSX is overpaying so I am going to make make BSX my Trade of The Day as a put. Anything above the 50 dma of $25 will be a gift on this stock, there will be big volume, so that’s not an if – which means if it breaks $24.75 then the Jan $25 put will be a nice gamble as long as it is not for more than the 1.60 that the $27.50 was going for on Friday. BSX is a $22Bn company trying to swallow GDT at $25Bn and it is very, very likely that over the next few days, someone will have a problem with that! On the other side of this trade, any chance to buy GDT for less than $70 is also a gift as analysts will jump on the bandwagon to claim $72 is a fair price for the company. DELL has made a nice, slow rising consolodation and looks to be primed for a nice move. I think they are a very safe bet to stay at or above the 50 dma of $31. HPQ has doubled for the year and Dell has dropped 50%, anyone who buys computers knows that…
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Ari seems to sum up how the Greeks feel about Troika (and perhaps how the Germans feel about the Greeks)
Greek elections very definitely anti-status quo, Greek bank stocks and bonds crashing, re-plunging crude oil prices, a crashing Swiss Franc, Russian downgrade and collapsing Ruble, so BTFD in US equities...
When black markets in currencies develop, you can be 100% sure the official exchange rate is overinflated.
In Venezuela, the fixed rate of exchange is 6.3 bolivars to the dollar, the floating rate of exchange is 50 bolivars to the dollar, and the black market rate is 184 bolivars to the dollar. The latter is what the currency is really worth at the moment.
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Last week, the S&P 500 put an end to its streak of weekly losses, despite giving back some gains on Friday. Thursday provided the big catalyst, with the ECB’s announcement of its bold new monetary stimulus plan. Investors were cheered and soothed for the moment. And U.S. fundamentals still look strong. But with Greece trying to turn back time, with volatility elevated (and likely to continue as such), and with the technical situation still dicey, the near term outlook is still worrisome.
In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart...
Summary: The Sentier Research monthly median household income data series is now available for December. The nominal median household income was up $537 month-over-month and $2,072 year-over-year. That's a 1.0% MoM gain and a 4.0% YoY gain. Adjusted for inflation, the numbers were up $738 MoM and $1725 YoY. The real numbers equate to a 1.4% MoM increase and a 3.3% YoY increase, thanks to -0.37% drop in the Consumer Price Index.
In real dollar terms, the median annual income is 5.1% lower ($2,900) than its interim high in January 2008 but well off its low in August 2011.
Background on Sentier Research
The traditional source of household income data is the Census Bureau, which publishes annual household income data in mid-September for the previous ye...
In a report published Monday, Albert Fried & Company analyst Rich Tullo initiated coverage on TubeMogul Inc (NASDAQ: TUBE) with an Overweight rating and $23.00 price target.
In the report, Albert Fried & Company noted, “While TUBE shares are up 120% since the IPO the lock up expired on January 14, 2015, which means insider stock is potentially for sale. Despite the overhang, we think there is room for share growth as TUBE expands domestically, and globally and also as TUBE launches new applications such as Performance TV Ad buying. While the TUBE revenue model is complicated, we think investors will growth comfortable with the model as several industries such as Internet Search and the Oil Industry also have pass throughs. TUBE has less than 1% media buying ma...
An interview with John Ehlers of Stock Spotter and Mesa Software
Ilene: John, in our last discussion about trading systems in general and yours in particular (Can trading be reduced to cycles, stresses and vibrations?) you mentioned Monte Carlo simulations and their use in measuring performance. Can you explain more about how you measure the performance of a trading system?
John: Let's start with comparing trading with gambling. The two have several things in common. In both ...
So as I was saying yesterday (Bitcoin: The Biggest Clown Show In History?), Bitcoin has several obstacles on the path to potential success as an alternative currency. But I forgot to mention hacking and theft at Bitcoin exchanges and other technical problems. This is related to the lack of government backing and the fact that the value of Bitcoins is based entirely on confidence.
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PSW Members - well, what a year for biotechs! The Biotech Index (IBB) is up a whopping 40%, beating the S&P hands down! The healthcare sector has had a number of high flying IPOs, and beat the Tech Sector in total nubmer of IPOs in the past 12 months. What could go wrong?
Phil has given his Secret Santa Inflation Hedges for 2015, and since I have been trying to keep my head above water between work, PSW, and baseball with my boys...it is time that something is put together for PSW on biotechs in 2015.
Cancer and fibrosis remain two of the hottest areas for VC backed biotechs to invest their monies. A number of companies have gone IPO which have drugs/technologies that fight cancer, includin...
Stocks got off to a rocky start on the first trading day in December, with the S&P 500 Index slipping just below 2050 on Monday. Based on one large bullish SPX options trade executed on Wednesday, however, such price action is not likely to break the trend of strong gains observed in the benchmark index since mid-October. It looks like one options market participant purchased 25,000 of the 31Dec’14 2105/2115 call spreads at a net premium of $2.70 each. The trade cost $6.75mm to put on, and represents the maximum potential loss on the position should the 2105 calls expire worthless at the end of December. The call spread could reap profits of as much as $7.30 per spread, or $18.25mm, in the event that the SPX ends the year above 2115. The index would need to rally 2.0% over the current level...
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