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December 4th, 2013 6:46 pm
Courtesy of John Nyaradi.Stock Market Retreats Slightly on Volatile Trading DayEditor's Desk: Wall Street Sector Selector ETF News Alerts, MW2, U.S. Markets Desk | John Burke | December 4, 2013 6:46 pm __reach_con...
December 4th, 2013 6:36 pm
Submitted by Tyler Durden.
Back in September 2012 when we, correctly, suggested that one of the main drivers of demand (and increasingly becoming the only one) for US housing, especially in the mid and high-end, was foreigners - particularly of the oligarch persuasion - who come to the US to park their embezzled and otherwise ill-gotten funds, courtesy of the NAR's anti-money laundering exemptions, which means that they can buy any house, sight unseen, cash upfront (recall that a ...
December 4th, 2013 6:35 pm
Courtesy of Doug Short.
One of my favorite long-term economic indicators has been the historical pattern of vehicle miles driven. I post a monthly update on the topic shortly after the Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Information publishes its latest data on Traffic Volume Trends.
My preferred way to analyze the data is on a per-capita basis, so I was particularly interested in a study release earlier today by U.S. PRIG on the decline of driving in major cities.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
The report, "Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America's Biggest Cities," is ba...
December 4th, 2013 4:46 pmMadoff Lieutenant Says It Was 'Impossible' Not To Know Firm Was A Fraud
It was anything but boring cooking the books to make Bernard Madoff's returns seem smooth and steady, the arch-fraudster's former CFO testified yesterday.
Frank DiPascali, in his first day on the stand in the trial of five former Madoff employees, said that each of them were intimately involved in deceiving Madoff's investors and regulators—a deception that kept the wraps on a $65 billion Ponzi scheme for decades. DiPascali, who worked for Madoff for more than 30 years, told the jury that the fraud went on "as far back as I can remember" and that "it was virtually impossible not to know what was happening."
The five former employees—Daniel Bonventre, Annette Bongiorno, Joann Crupi, Jerome O'Hara and George Perez—have said that they had no idea Madoff was a...
December 4th, 2013 1:40 pm
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December 4th, 2013 12:00 am
Courtesy of Benzinga.
One Holdings (NYSE: ONE) announced that Company Co-Founders Miles Lasater and Mark Volchek and
the Board of Directors have initiated a succession plan to bring the
next level of senior leadership into the Company. The Board of Directors
is forming a search committee and has selected the executive recruiting
firm of Spencer Stuart to conduct a search for a new CEO. Mr. Volchek
will continue in his role as CEO, will assume the duties of President
effective January 10, 2014 and remains on the Board of Directors.
Additionally, Mr. Volchek intends to work
December 3rd, 2013 6:03 pm
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December 2nd, 2013 6:14 pm
Repeating Friday’s market performance, today, the S&P 500 sold off in the last 30 to 40 minutes, giving up its entire daily gain for a loss of 0.27%. Nevertheless, it did gain 0.1% last week for its eighth consecutive weekly gain.
The Small-cap Growth style/cap was the leader last week, gaining 1.58% and raising its leading one-year gains to 43.67%. The growth style continued to dominate value in all three major market cap ranges. Value delivered a negative performance for the week in both large- and mid-caps. (See market stats.)
Interestingly, all economic releases last week, and again today, beat estimates with only one exception, Consumer Confidence, which had been expected to...
December 1st, 2013 9:06 pm
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December 1st, 2013 2:17 am
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October 28th, 2013 8:28 amSubmitted by Mark Hanna
These rallies are becoming familiar. In early July we saw a streak of 12 of 13 sessions in a row up, early September 11 of 12, and mid October 11 of 13 (current streak). It is a bit uncanny the similarities and how the escalator goes straight up in vertical ascent as we see indexes come out of mini corrections during QE. So we are about at the same stage where the last two began to tire, so it will be interesting if this is similar or if the current consensus of the market that there is nothing to worry about until next year as the Fed and D.C. are both off the table and this 3% annual growth rate in earnings we are now seeing in the S...
September 29th, 2013 10:56 pm
Welcome to the fouth update of the IRA Virtual Portfolio. First I am going to summarize the current state of the Portfolio then I will get into all the activity we had during September expiration.
Profit and Loss – Net of closed positions the portfolio is up a total of $769
Market Commentary – Last expiration I said, "I would like to put a total of $20,000 to work by the end of SEP expiration. If the VIX pops up to around 20 I plan to put about $50,000 total to work." The market didn't quite reach the goal but I did manage to deploy $15,000 of buying power. I still feel the market is too high and expect a correction during October. If the vix pops up to around 20 I still plan to put about $50,000 to work. If a correction doesn't happen I still plan to have a total of $25,000 in buying power put to work by October expiration. Now on to the act...
September 10th, 2013 1:59 pm
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Come and get it! Read all about it! Biotechs, biotechs and more biotechs to buy buy buy for your portfolio! To date, almost 30 biotech companies have hit the market. Most of the time, there are fewer than 10-12!
For the last five years, biotechs have had issues obtaining offer prices above expectations. In 2013, that trend looks to be broken. According to BiotechNow, the offer prices are 4% above expectations! In addition, biotechs are going public with little more than a wing and a prayer (pre-clinical or Phase 1 data only). Really? What this means is that the drug or technology looks good in mice, rats, or dogs, etc, but there is no smidgen of evidence that it will work in humans. That's what is called an appitite for RISK!
Of the thirty or so companies, several came ...
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