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Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Market Comments

Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Market Comments
October 6, 2009

Featured Trades: (OBAMA), (FSLR), (SOLAR) 

1) If you wonder where I am on the evening of Thursday, October 15, I will be having dinner with Barrack Obama, President of the United States. I received the invitation to San Francisco’s exclusive Saint Francis Hotel to meet the Commander-in-Chief with 250 of the city’s “A-listers,” which I have reproduced below. Of course $30,400 for two is a bargain to sit down with the most powerful man in the world, but that doesn’t include another $10,000 for my date’s dress. I have been asked to arrive two hours early to provide for security screening. With my opinions plastered all over the Internet, that will no doubt involve a full proctologic exam. But hey, anything for some overcooked chicken.  Times are hard, and we all have to do our bit to stimulate the economy. Maybe I should go for a table of ten for only $150,000? Until then I shall be boning up on subjects I know are dear to the President’s heart to make chit chat, like playoffs for college football, or how he got stiffed in his Chicago Olympic bid. He could have made such a killing renting out his Hyde Park house that I visited last December (click here for story ), which would have been walking distance from many of the events! How much do you think I should  leave for a tip?
 

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2) Solar is about to become a big part of our lives, as it careens toward long sought profitability, and it will suit you to learn more about it. To get a good introduction to the industry, both through some good engineering statistics and some great pictures, then check out the September edition of National Geographic magazine by clicking here. Total world electricity demand today is 16 terawatts (16,000 megawatts), and that is expected to grow to 20 terawatts by 2020. Solar comes in two flavors, thermal and photovoltaic (PV). Thermal is the old dinosaur technology, with thousands of convex mirrors arrayed to heat piped oil, which is then used to power a conventional steam power plan, converting about 24% of the sun’s energy into electricity. The future is with photovoltaic


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Solar Panel Glut

Solar stock lovers, here are a few articles reporting a glut in solar panels likely to persist for years. - Ilene

Solar Panel Glut Will Scorch Small Players (CSIQ, FSLR, SPWRA)

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The predicted story of 2009 for solar — crushed demand leading to a major glut in panels — is playing out even worse than expected.

A new report from research firm DisplaySearch says solar panel production is up 56% this year versus last, while demand is down 17%.

This wild imbalance will clobber the small fish in the market.

Charles Annis, author of the DisplaySearch report, tells us to expect "rapid price declines, building inventories, lower profit margins, losses for many, and likely some industry consolidation."

It’s not all bad. "The current ‘Solar Cycle’ is severe due to changes in policy and the economy, but another boom will come and the industry will continue to grow and mature."

Stefan de Haan, senior analyst of photovoltaics at iSuppli says the over-supply is going to be monstrous. "Our actual numbers translate into a module oversupply of 90% this year. This is the peak of the module "glut". From 2010 on, the situation will ease due to adjusted production volumes and increased end-user demand."

So, who’s in trouble? iSuppli’s de Haan mentions Solon (one of the biggest European producers) and new polysilicon manufacturers using the "Siemens" process, many of them from China.

Climatewire points to to Advent Solar, DayStar Technologies and Blue Square Energy as "among the solar companies in the United States that are feeling the pinch and could be shaky."

But why are big fish like First Solar (FSLR), SunPower (SPWRA) and Canadian Solar (CSIQ) — who all turned in good second quarter financial results — doing well?

"In most cases, costs will be decisive," says de Haan. First Solar benefits from a cost advantage, SunPower has a better brand so it can command a premium, and "they benefit from the developing Californian market – small in absolute numbers, but growing significantly."

Adds Annis: "The PV supply chain is very broad based. The effects of the glut affect different companies quite differently. The companies you mention are all market leaders, are vertically integrated, benefit from scale of manufacturing and long term supply contracts. They have low costs per watt and even with the dramatic reduction in module pricing, costs…
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Why it matters when big tech firms extend their power into media content

 

Why it matters when big tech firms extend their power into media content

Courtesy of David HesmondhalghUniversity of Leeds

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A major shift is taking place in global media. Until recently, tech corporations were mainly involved in distribution rather than production. But now, instead of simply delivering TV shows, music and films onto our devices and screens, major firms are sinking huge amounts of money into the content itself.

The herald of this change was Netflix. Here was a tech company ...



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Biotech

The two obstacles that are holding back Alzheimer's research

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The two obstacles that are holding back Alzheimer's research

Courtesy of Todd GoldeUniversity of Florida

Family members often become primary caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. tonkid/Shutterstock.com

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Back-To-Back Hindenburg Omens

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About a week ago, we warned about the infamous bearish stock market pattern developing in US equities coined by some as the ‘Hindenburg Omen’. The pattern is known for its bearish tendencies developed after the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. The key understanding is breadth deterioration, when more stocks hit 52-week lows than 52-highs. Since the warning, a liquidity gap has developed in stocks thwarting any attempt at new all time highs.

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Digital Currencies

The blockchain does not eliminate the need for trust

 

The blockchain does not eliminate the need for trust

Courtesy of Dirk BaurUniversity of Western Australia and Niels Van QuaquebekeKühne Logistics University

Central authorities are still important to create legitimacy in a cryptocurrency. Shutterstock

A common idea about the blockchain, the technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is that it can “...



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Chart School

When does this all end - Update2

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

To buy or not to buy: The US 10 year versus high yielding utility stocks.

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The US 10 year yield is at 2.34%

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American Water Works (Dow Jones Utility: AWK) dividend @ 1.87%
NI Source (Dow Jones Utility: NI) dividend @ 2.58%
American Electric Power (Dow Jones Utility: AEP) dividend @ 3.25%

The question is, which asset class do you trust to provide a return for 10 years? Of course your ability to judge future inflation expectations (see TIP for iShares TIPS Bond ETF) and how extende...

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Insider Scoop

10 Stocks To Watch For November 17, 2017

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Robert Mugabe Under House Arrest, Military Takes Control Of Zimbabwe

By Andjela Radmilac. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Zimbabwe’s head of state, 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, has been placed under house arrest after what seems to be a military coup took place in the nation’s capital.

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsRobert Mugabe is safe

Following numerous reports on social media late Thursday night about the increased military presence in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, the country’s military took...



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An Interview with David Brin

Our guest David Brin is an astrophysicist, technology consultant, and best-selling author who speaks, writes, and advises on a range of topics including national defense, creativity, and space exploration. He is also a well-known and influential futurist (one of four “World's Best Futurists,” according to The Urban Developer), and it is his ideas on the future, specifically the future of civilization, that I hope to learn about here.   

Ilene: David, you base many of your predictions of the future on a theory of historica...



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Mapping The Market

Puts things in perspective

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Puts things in perspective:

The circles don't look to be to scale much!

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.

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EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

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