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  • A strike by fast food workers in New York City could have broad implications with the group's lofty goal to see a 107% pay raise up to $15 per hour. What to watch: Though historically the high turnover rate in the QSR industry has kept labor disruptions to a minimum, unions of foodservice workers have strengthened since 2009 and could take a small bite out of the sector's margins. [View news story]
    $1500 an hour would be more pertinent vis a vis CEO productivity. If we put people to work filling in holes and refilling them that would be more productive than bailing out risk-loving bankers.
    Apr 5 11:18 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Testy Tuesday: You Call This A Pullback? [View article]
    Look up FedEx and UPS. That might give you something to whine about. Be careful though, you might become a liberal or turn gay or something.
    Mar 23 03:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Consumers may enjoy the extra $10 or $20 in their pockets thanks to falling gasoline prices, but the slide in crude oil and other commodities is nothing to celebrate. It's a reaction to slowing economies, which makes for an odd leap of logic when one tries to argue that falling commodity prices will help boost those same economies. Does saving a few bucks at the gas pump really make you any richer?  [View news story]
    how does that constitute irony?
    Jun 23 02:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Things I Wish Jamie Dimon Could Have Asked Congress [View article]
    Instead of simply "where should I deliver the money?"
    Jun 15 02:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investor 'Social' Sentiment Turning On Apple [View article]
    Intolerance of new points of view is the hallmark of small mindedness. Inability to handle ambiguity is evidence of immaturity. Vociferous objections to alternative points of view shows arrogance. ... Welcome to the USA, land of provincial bigots. Do anything but study, morons.
    Jun 5 04:29 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on SanDisk: In spite of  the downbeat pricing news, shares are up 5.3% thanks to a bullish coverage launch from Pac Crest's Monika Garg, who thinks solid-state drives (SSDs) have "hit a key inflection point" in terms of price/performance. With SSD prices falling 30% Y/Y, Garg predicts industry sales will grow 35% annually over the next 4 years, and that SSDs could make up 25% of SanDisk's 2014 revenue (up from 3% in 2011). MU +2.6% in sympathy. (previous)  [View news story]
    Forget all that. How many SanDisk SSDs have you seen lately? They have to get them to market, so let's not get premature. Short SNDK Jul 30 put $1. They will report another dismal quarter.
    Jun 5 01:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Eurozone April retail sales come in at -1% M/M and -2.5% Y/Y, much worse than expectations of -0.1% M/M and -1.1% Y/Y. March's figures were +0.3% M/M and -0.2% Y/Y. (PR)  [View news story]
    Europot, Eurosmoke, Euroblow... all that stuff! They are gonna need it, and we can ship tomorrow~
    Jun 5 09:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Risk markets get a little bit of their footing back in overnight trade. S&P futures +0.5%, the euro +0.3% to $1.2530. Sydney +1.2%, Hong Kong +1%, Shanghai +0.4%, Tokyo +0.6%.  [View news story]
    Won't last. Not with the load of horse manure the priveleged have managed to unload on the world.
    Jun 5 12:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Adds Some Social Firepower [View article]
    Backlash against "anti-social" media has begun. FB dies, falling to $15/share, BuddyMedia dies with it, CRM cracks and falls to half its phony valuation in late August or early September as social media as identified as "the man" and crass surveillance, and totally uncool. Soon people everywhere start to shun these turkeys and make start making real social connections globally, ennabled by lower oil and fuel prices that create travel opportunities. The phonies and cloudies are called out on their bunk bid to rule the internet. Any takers?
    Jun 5 12:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks (SBUX -0.2%) has been outed in New York City where a stealth store inside a Macy's location sells beer and wine without displaying the trademark mermaid logo and limited menu. As more branded Starbucks stores pop up unannounced around the country, the company will get a better idea how beer and wine fits into its future.  [View news story]
    The next 7/11. Except run by Chinese instead of Indians.
    May 25 05:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Plucked out of thin air," writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of ideas the Greek economy would collapse and inflation sky should it pull out of EMU. In fact, there is little historical backing for these sorts of predictions. The Greeks are beginning to realize this and the German political establishment better pay attention, because the rest of the Club Med states certainly will.  [View news story]
    May 22 06:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks: Time To Buy? [View article]
    You have my word on it. Are you Joe Isuzu?
    May 19 12:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Relatively Low Risk Naked Put Strategy For Citigroup [View article]
    How do you like them apples. But actually I did not do it because it would have been doing them a favor ;).
    May 18 04:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Relatively Low Risk Naked Put Strategy For Citigroup [View article]
    Ah take a look at the chart. Lovely! I will buy a put in the morning on the phoney bounce and be out in the afternoon with bar money.
    May 18 05:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HSBC (HBC) chief Stuart Gulliver reportedly told analysts the bank would potentially sell its U.K. retail banking business if new regulations proved to be too demanding. Selling the operation would give HSBC one less reason to keep its head office in Britain, as the U.K.'s bank levy already makes relocating attractive.  [View news story]
    HA! A likely story. They have to sell off their assets and flee town because they are insolvent from their Asian exposure is more like it. Looks like they were the patsy this time. How many calls we have gotten from anxious brokers trying to dump emerging markets. We shall see...
    May 18 04:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment