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  • Oct. Business Inventories: +0.7% to $1,417.7B vs. +1% expected and +0.9% last month. Sales +1.4% to $1,118.8B. Inventory/sales ratio falls to 1.27 from 1.30 a year ago.  [View news story]
    Holy Crap...that is a kickass business sales number
    Dec 14, 2010. 10:09 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Visualizing the U.S. National Debt: 1791-2010 [View article]
    And the national asset number is????
    Dec 14, 2010. 09:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nov. Retail Sales: +0.8% vs. +0.5% expected, +1.2% prior. Ex-auto +1.2% vs. +0.7% expected, +0.4% prior.  [View news story]
    A&P and BBY are not a complete sample....
    Dec 14, 2010. 09:16 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nov. Retail Sales: +0.8% vs. +0.5% expected, +1.2% prior. Ex-auto +1.2% vs. +0.7% expected, +0.4% prior.  [View news story]
    Retail sales ex gas 340,562...Normal Rratio of Retail sales ex gas to S&P 500
    is 250...340,562 /250 and you got 1362....

    Building materials category is up 12% year over year...this category
    correlates ( generally) with housing prices...important item is the number is positive....
    Dec 14, 2010. 08:44 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed's QE2 Intervention: A Disaster in the Works? [View article]
    Also how's that Consumer Metrics Institute thingy working for you???
    Dec 14, 2010. 07:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed's QE2 Intervention: A Disaster in the Works? [View article]
    "On the other hand, blog commentators have speculated on a range of ulterior prime motives — ranging from bank bailouts to funding Uncle Sam with interest-free loans, etc."

    A lot of blog commentators love conspiracy theories....
    Dec 14, 2010. 07:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Signs That Confidence in U.S. Treasuries Is Dying [View article]
    There you go again Mr. Snyder with that positive thinking....Black has
    got to be your favorite color....
    Dec 14, 2010. 06:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Virginia federal judge rules part of the healthcare reform law - the individual mandate setting fines for those who don't carry insurance - is unconstitutional, siding with the state against the federal government. Brief spikes in insurers have largely come back to earth: WellPoint (WLP) +0.8%; Cigna (CI) +0.1%; Aetna (AET) +1.3%; UnitedHealth Group (UNH) +1.6%; Humana (HUM) +0.3%.  [View news story]
    So should someone inform the fatties in the Tea Party they should get
    off the government dole???....
    Dec 14, 2010. 05:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Biggest Comeback of All [View article]
    Don't forget the Hindenberg Omen....
    Dec 14, 2010. 05:27 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The number of underwater homes dropped last quarter, CoreLogic reports, but that's because of ramping foreclosures rather than any rise in values. The number of homes worth less than their debt dropped to 10.8M (22.5% of those with mortgages) from 11M (23%). But continually declining values are likely to bring even more negative equity.  [View news story]
    62% of the underwater mortgages are located in 7 states with 31% of the population.....
    Dec 13, 2010. 04:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Virginia federal judge rules part of the healthcare reform law - the individual mandate setting fines for those who don't carry insurance - is unconstitutional, siding with the state against the federal government. Brief spikes in insurers have largely come back to earth: WellPoint (WLP) +0.8%; Cigna (CI) +0.1%; Aetna (AET) +1.3%; UnitedHealth Group (UNH) +1.6%; Humana (HUM) +0.3%.  [View news story]
    There is reality and there is the law....
    Dec 13, 2010. 01:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Virginia federal judge rules part of the healthcare reform law - the individual mandate setting fines for those who don't carry insurance - is unconstitutional, siding with the state against the federal government. Brief spikes in insurers have largely come back to earth: WellPoint (WLP) +0.8%; Cigna (CI) +0.1%; Aetna (AET) +1.3%; UnitedHealth Group (UNH) +1.6%; Humana (HUM) +0.3%.  [View news story]
    do I have constitutional right to not pay for the obese ???
    Dec 13, 2010. 01:16 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Virginia federal judge rules part of the healthcare reform law - the individual mandate setting fines for those who don't carry insurance - is unconstitutional, siding with the state against the federal government. Brief spikes in insurers have largely come back to earth: WellPoint (WLP) +0.8%; Cigna (CI) +0.1%; Aetna (AET) +1.3%; UnitedHealth Group (UNH) +1.6%; Humana (HUM) +0.3%.  [View news story]
    So people have a constitutional right to be obese...
    Dec 13, 2010. 01:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If the flow of credit really is the lifeblood of our economy, the U.S. would have died in 2009 if policymakers hadn't taken the extraordinary measures they did, Barry Ritholtz writes. Bernanke & Co. deserve more respect for what they were - and are - up against. They are "heroes... for stabilizing the situation and pulling us back from the abyss."  [View news story]
    Bernanke deserves the Medal of Freedom...but then again after
    Churchill led the British people through World War 2 ....they threw him out of office......
    Dec 13, 2010. 09:54 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The S&P 500 will rise 11% next year to 1,379, according to the average of eleven strategists who participated in a Bloomberg survey. If their predictions are correct, it will mark a 53% return for the benchmark index since 2008, the best three-year stretch since the late 1990s.  [View news story]
    and even then it won't be overvalued...
    Dec 13, 2010. 09:02 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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