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  • Abbott Laboratories (ABT) agrees to buy the Healthcare Solutions unit of India's Piramal Healthcare for a total of $3.72B, with $2.1B upfront, turning Abbott into the largest drug company in India. Piramal -11.8% in Indian trading. (PR)  [View news story]
    Caught my eye too. I own Abbott, wonder what will do to their price.
    May 21, 2010. 07:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Treasury will auction $113B in nearer-term notes next week - $42 in two-year notes on Tuesday, $40B in five-year notes on Wednesday and $31B in seven-year notes on Thursday. Treasury futures sharply higher with today's stock slump: 30-year Tsy +1.16%; 10-year +0.76%.  [View news story]
    Selling treasuries now because there is a demand.
    May 20, 2010. 11:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Eurozone governments are doing everything they can to ensure the region slides into "depression," Charles Dumas at Lombard Street Research says. But the euro's fall is actually "very good news" because European exporters would benefit from the expansion in the rest of the world, counters economist Charles Wyplosz.  [View news story]
    And if anyone has money left to buy their goods, no matter how cheap they become.
    May 20, 2010. 11:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The bulls' camp is a person shorter today, as Dan Sullivan of the Chartist mails clients to say he's going from 100% in equities to 100% in cash.  [View news story]
    All we need is more bulls to turn into bears, then it will be time to buy!!
    May 19, 2010. 02:27 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Some economists are terming the consumer price reports (I, II) as "benign," but how can that be when everything from deleveraging to trans-Atlantic regulating is pointing toward the return of the deflation meme?  [View news story]
    Right. As usual, on this site comments have been made that inflation is much higher than today's numbers tell.
    May 19, 2010. 01:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Anchoring, Negativity, Popularity and Dow 5000 [View article]
    Exactly. I am repeating myself on this site, but living by a stiff ideology won't let uou bend with the economic winds.
    May 18, 2010. 12:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • NAHB Housing Market Index: +3 to 22, highest since August 2007. All three components up: Current sales conditions +3 to 23, prospective buyer traffic +2 to 16, and six-month sales expectations +3 to 28. All regions posted gains; northeast +14 to 35.  [View news story]
    Inflow of scared Europeans money coming into US keeping rates down.
    May 18, 2010. 07:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NAHB Housing Market Index: +3 to 22, highest since August 2007. All three components up: Current sales conditions +3 to 23, prospective buyer traffic +2 to 16, and six-month sales expectations +3 to 28. All regions posted gains; northeast +14 to 35.  [View news story]
    I'm from the northeast. Amazing how many people buy houses in FL just to live in a few months a year for the warmer weather. A lot of those same people eventually move back when living away from family (caretakers) becomes to much.
    May 17, 2010. 02:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • NAHB Housing Market Index: +3 to 22, highest since August 2007. All three components up: Current sales conditions +3 to 23, prospective buyer traffic +2 to 16, and six-month sales expectations +3 to 28. All regions posted gains; northeast +14 to 35.  [View news story]
    Some odd things are happening in the housing world - places hard hit by the downturn, like FL and Los Vegas, are having a boom in building while empty houses sit. Price of land has plummeted so the builders are taking advantage of the new pricing - and people like to buy new. I am pretty optimistic by nature (unlike most of you on this site), but that kind of activity unnerves me.
    May 17, 2010. 02:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mixed Signals From the Market [View article]
    My brother-in-law is a crazy conk (Key West).
    May 16, 2010. 04:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mixed Signals From the Market [View article]
    You sound exactly like my brother-in-law. As far as I know, you might be my brother-in-law!
    May 14, 2010. 02:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mixed Signals From the Market [View article]
    You answered me as honestly and directly as I could have ever hoped. I am, by nature, a bit more optimistic than you, but I am also free of living by any single ideology. Gotta roll with things and remain flexible.
    May 14, 2010. 02:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's High Time for Cameron and the Conservatives to End the U.K. 'Nanny State' [View article]
    He also said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest."
    May 14, 2010. 01:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mixed Signals From the Market [View article]
    I've been reading your comments, and for the life of me, I can't figure out what angle you are coming from. In your view, are things getting better or worse, or its not even worth it to guess because nobody knows?
    May 14, 2010. 01:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • On a 64-35 vote, the Senate approves creating a clearinghouse intermediary to pick random credit rating agencies for financial institutions, to address the "ratings shopping" system. S&P parent McGraw-Hill (MHP) down 3.5%; Moody's (MCO) down 3.7%.  [View news story]
    Your point is well taken. Thank you for the discussion. (if only congress could hash things like this out).
    May 14, 2010. 10:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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