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  • Interactive Brokers Group (IBKR) receives a letter of noncompliance from Nasdaq, saying it's non-compliant with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because its quarterly 10-Q has not yet been filed. [View news story]
    Their commission rates are one of the lowest in the market. However there is an inactivity fee i.e. if you do not generate a certain amount of brokerage fees each month, then they charge you. Also their platform is not as friendly as ThinkOrSwim.

    Basically, for the price of lower commissions per trade, you have to make some sacrifices. Hope this helps.
    Aug 18 04:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Bernanke Save The Equity Markets? [View article]
    I'm sorry. Did you say "Will Bernanke Save The Equity Markets?". At a 5 year high, the market hardly needs saving.
    Aug 17 03:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Odds Of Recession With Romney? Who Knows! [View article]
    "Something that people will immediately recognize as a bad inference?"

    Sorry, too busy ROFL (rolling on floor laughing) and LMAO (laughing my a** off).

    May I add my name to those that thoroughly enjoyed the article?
    Aug 17 09:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Monster Beverage: Damaged Goods [View article]
    Also Coca-Cola and Pepsi
    Aug 17 09:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Dan Loeb's Third Point: The fund opened up a 5M share stake in Chesapeake Energy (CHK) in Q2. Other companies in which new stakes were taken: AIG - 2.25M shares. LINTA - 3.25M. NWSA - 4M. Companies in which Loeb liquidated his positions include ANF, CSCO, GOOG, and MCK. (13-F[View news story]
    Interesting that Dan Loeb liquidated his position in Google (amongst others) to increase his shares in CHK, AIG, LINTA, NWSA. Since Dan Loeb is known to be an activist investor, does this mean that he thinks that he can turn around these companies?
    Aug 14 08:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Odds Of Recession With Romney? Who Knows! [View article]
    The original intent of the article was statistical inference and how it can be misinterpreted.

    This is an investing/trading forum, not a political blog. I suggest that we keep our political rants to whichever other forum(s) we write on.

    Thank you very much.
    Aug 14 05:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Deer Consumer Products Shares Halted After Factories Idled [View article]
    If sales are going up anywhere from 40% to over 200% year on year, then number of units being manufactured is also increasing by 40% to over 200% i.e. assuming that unit prices remain the same. I would tend to think that unless the "second" facility was grossly underused, one would need all the manufacturing facilities that one has.
    Aug 14 05:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Vixen VIX [View article]
    I am afraid that you contradict yourself.

    On one hand you say, "the thesis is not trying to figure out how VIX or market will play out."
    On the other hand, you say, "5. When VIX stays low for long period, market advances smoothly" and "6. If VIX stays near 15 for long then get ready to take advantage of coming market advance."

    Isn't that trying to figure out how the market will play out?

    Incidentally, thank you for the observations made. Definitely something to think about.
    Aug 14 04:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Odds Of Recession With Romney? Who Knows! [View article]
    Come, come. One has the right to disagree with an author's article but to state that "illogical reasoning was likely to follow" is a bit strong. It implies that the author usually writes illogical articles.

    I am afraid that I must put myself firmly in the other camp. I follow his articles because:
    a. he is not promoting a stock that he already owns
    b. he is not lambasting a stock that he is short
    c. his weekly articles give a balanced picture.

    Some of us (including myself) have ideas about the market. These ideas usually lead us to adopt either a bullish or a bearish stance. I like reading his weekly articles because it awakens me to ideas that I may not have considered or thought of. By presenting a "Good", "Bad" and "Ugly", he is sure to run foul of both those with a bullish bias and those with a bearish bias. However it helps to awaken me to the fact that the market consists of different people, all with their own viewpoints, some of which differ from my own. After all, if everyone agreed with me, who would buy the shares that I was selling or sell to me the shares that I want to buy?

    Be that as it may, the entire article was written with tongue firmly in cheek. It may be unfortunate that the topic chosen was politics, a area where many people have strong feelings. On the other hand, the choice of subject matter may have awakened some of us not to get too carried away.

    As one of the previous commentators said, "do not let politics get in the way of your investment decisions" or something like that. I also like the commentator who brought up Ron Paul.

    All in all, take the article in the spirit in which it was written.
    Aug 14 11:47 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Odds Of Recession With Romney? Who Knows! [View article]
    Ha! Ha! Ha! That might have got me going. Even though I may disagree with some of Ron Paul's ideas, I like his integrity, a commodity in short supply amongst politicians.
    Aug 14 11:19 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Odds Of Recession With Romney? Who Knows! [View article]
    Nice tongue-in-cheek article. Gave me a break from the usual serious reading that I do.

    Just out of curiousity, how did Kennedy get a 100.0 rating? Was this a coincidence or was he used as a benchmark?

    Thank you very much.
    Aug 14 07:11 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Monster Beverage: Damaged Goods [View article]
    Selling the 2 ITM calls and the 2 OTM calls is selling covered calls.
    Aug 13 04:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Monster Beverage: Damaged Goods [View article]
    Drat. Just implemented Plan B.
    Aug 13 04:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bulls Break Out: Last Week's Action And What Lies Ahead [View article]
    The market was almost flat last Friday until the last hour when a spate of buying lifted up the indexes. While the net result is an increase in the S&P and the Dow Jones for 5 weeks in a row (on weekly charts), I would be more convinced of the uptrend if volumes were high. In fact, looking at volumes, I see volumes last week were much lower (with the exception of the technology sector). This leads me to express caution on the current bullish stance.
    Aug 13 07:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • StoneMor's Misleading Press Release: The Short Case Continued [View article]
    Yes. That's a good idea. Then they might react just like this:
    Aug 12 05:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment