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I've been contributing to SA since 2011, with a break to join the PRO editorial team from 2013-2015. I got my Series 7 and 63 back in 2000, and watched the dot-com bubble peak and then burst in real time at a small, tech-focused retail brokerage in NYC.
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  • Marissa Mayer's First Task Is To Fix This...

    Trying to log into Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) Mail this morning, I was greeted with this message:

    (click to enlarge)Yahoo! message

    Indeed, Yahoo! Mail may be faster. It's not easier to use, since after the re-design I can't access my email. (That is safer, too, I guess.) Hit "I Accept" and this page simply reloads. Hit "No, Thanks," and I get:

    (click to enlarge)YHOO 2

    There's a reason Yahoo!'s US operations are so little valued by Wall Street. They just can't get out of their own way.

    Tags: YHOO
    Jul 31 1:17 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Dennis Gartman And The Perils Of CNBC

    I actually like Dennis Gartman quite a bit but this is what happens when you have to comment on CNBC seemingly every other day:

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    There's probably some indicator there but I'm not sure what it is.

    Apr 10 2:02 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • The Golden Cross And The Super Bowl
    From on Tuesday:

    Stocks formed the much-heralded "golden cross" on Tuesday, but traders waited until the market's actually closed before confirming it.
    The so-called golden cross - which occurs when the the 50-day moving average of the S&P 500 rises above the 200-day moving average-is considered a long-term bullish signal.
    Birinyi Associates analyst Kevin Pleines said his analysis shows that when the 50-day crossed the 200-day in the 26 instances since 1962, the market was higher six months later 81 percent of the time..."We're pretty skeptical on a lot of the aspects of technical analysis and technical signals. We took this look back, and looked at it historically, and historically it is a pretty reliable indicator. The 50-day rising is a good sign of increasing momentum, and I think 81 percent is pretty reliable," Pleines said.

    Also on Tuesday, on

    If the so-called Super Bowl Indicator holds true this year-like it has almost 80 percent of the time-then stock investors should be rooting for a New York Giants victory over the New England Patriots this Sunday...Historically, the indicator (triggered when the NFC or an original NFL team wins) has been correct 35 of the last 45 years, or 78 percent of the time on the S&P 500, on a total return basis, according to [Howard] Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst, Standard & Poor's.

    So the Golden Cross is 22 for 26 -- a supposedly important technical indictor: 81 percent bullish. The Super Bowl winner -- a clearly inane, completely irrelevant indicator -- is 35 for 45: 78 percent bullish. Let's back off the "Golden Cross" stuff this week, shall we?

    Feb 01 3:54 AM | Link | 2 Comments
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