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    Good morning! 

    I see Ron's up nice and early – thanks for reminder on GOOG, looks like another nice pullback this morning.  

    No, it's not my birthday yet.  If it were my birthday, we'd be commemorating crucifixions and it would be a National Holiday with even the markets shut down to celebrate – not too long now…

    ABX/StJ – Thanks.  As long as it can be filled, then great but ABX will be popping at the open, I think.  HMY is more speculative than ABX so we'd play them differently if they both tanked and, also, we'd play them differently if they both ran up – being more likely to cash out HMY for short-term profits since it's less long-term predictable.  On INTC – I thought we had some short calls to roll.  If not – then we should do a 3/5 sale.  We'll go over it once the Portfolio is printed.  

    Dollar is 82.85 so higher than we like but keep in mind Dollar moves only matter short-term as they force a reprice in equities and commodities but they quickly adjust to the new range and then it's all about the relative moves.  So, last week it was over and under at 82.75 so it's not like 82.85 a week later is going to rock the markets.  I'd say under 82.75 is still bullish and over 83 still bearish but can range in between with little effect on the markets.  

    Gold re-tested $1,600 at 6:30 but new highs now at $1,606 with a spike to $1,609.20 when trading in NY opened at 8:30 so a preview of squeezes to come is most likely.  Forget how irrelevant Cyprus is in the grand scheme of things – all it takes is a couple of guys like Soros or Agnelopoulos or Latsis (gotta know your International Billionaires!) to pick up the phone and say (put me in 10% gold) and suddenly there's demand for a million shares of GLD, which is about 10% of days average volume, all to the buy side!  

    Wheee on oil already – $92.10 on /CLJ3!  $92.50 just tested on /CLK3 too!   Have I mentioned how much I love Futures trading lately? 

    Gasoline is testing $3.10 but nat gas holding just under $3.95 (way, way up from last year at $2.50 or less in first half) – should be some great buying opportunities there still as this is not at all priced in and $4 will cause a frenzy.  

    Copper $3.43 and a nice buy here but the $3.35 line will be tricky so I'd feel better about a cross over that on /HG.  Silver touched $29 (as predicted brilliantly at 4am) and now around $28.90 and same thing as gold, they could get a nice pop on very little panic but I'd short them at $30.  

    TZA/Yodi – Earlier than I would have liked but we only have two rules at PSW and the first one is: ALWAYS sell into the initial excitement and the second one is:  When in doubt, sell half – so that means we should be looking to take at least 1/2 off the table here and then maybe see how the day goes to decide on the rest. 

    Whoa – there goes $92 on J3!!!!  Congrats to all our oil shorters….  

    That's going to clip the Dow at the open as XOM and CVX react (not to mention the rest of the energy sector dragging the other indexes).  

    What a great start to the week! 



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