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  • House Republicans link the extension of the payroll tax cut to the swift approval of TransCanada's (TRP) Keystone oil pipeline. President Obama has already said he'll have none of it, but John Boehner declares that the "the American people can't wait" for the jobs the pipeline would bring.  [View news story]
    Yeah! I only hope the repubs stick to it...
    Dec 8, 2011. 11:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • From the "fuzzy math" of the BLS to anecdotal advice from guys who actually have to move product. The Kroger (KR) conference call: "We are seeing increasing stress ... Smaller baskets are the norm across all customer segments ... These changes are a result of customer reaction to the combination of food inflation and a poor economy. (earnings)  [View news story]
    I would give more credence to Kroger. They have no political axe to grind and they serve middle class America.
    Dec 2, 2011. 10:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Bet Against The Market Without Shorting Or Using Options [View article]
    Nice summary. Thanks for the list. I use some of these, and you opened me up to some more choices! (especially useful for the occasional misfire and dealing with washsale rules-not that that ever happens to me/sarc)
    Dec 1, 2011. 03:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Hank Paulson's Inside Jobs [View article]
    Looks like the same insider passoffs happened Monday as well... If you and I did this, we'd be crucified. These b*%&#%ds need to do some jail time. Or do they only prosecute non connected persons?
    Nov 30, 2011. 02:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Stop Selling... For Now [View article]
    I've been doing the same- making a little coin selling puts since the summer. Still have about 10% exposure to owned equities, otherwise, cash.
    Nov 29, 2011. 10:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stop Selling... For Now [View article]
    Harry Wanger is that you? RoboTrader? I guess anybody that doesn't parrot your game is not allowed to voice opinion? Geez, GROW UP!
    Nov 29, 2011. 10:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • From Fall Melt-Up To A December To Remember [View article]
    Thanks Michael. You have been on target fairly consistently. I mostly sat out the October rally and am still mostly short. One wonders when/if I will be on the right side of things again. This market scares me more than in the past few decades. I backed the truck up in'87 and '09. Now, I'm feeling like waiting for Godot. I see a fairly exuberant equity market and a dour bond market and a bunch of clowns trying to pull all kinds of levers that probably shouldn't be pulled...
    Nov 17, 2011. 10:53 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Now Is Not The Time To Panic [View article]
    In markets and politics, Dana is the ultimate contrary indicator...
    Nov 10, 2011. 01:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • European Crisis Postponed; Investors Face Momentous Decision [View article]
    Five plus, reading your post I feel like I'm talking to myself, except I wasn't swift enough to get rid of my tza on Tuesday... Arghh! These markets are damned tough to trade with whipsaws every other day. I think I will also bite the bullet and follow it up long in a minimal way for the time being.
    Oct 27, 2011. 11:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bully for the bailout, says Shell (RDS.A) CFO Simon Henry, but it doesn't address the underlying competitiveness of the EU or boost economic conditions there. On reporting earnings today, the company said it has reduced its European investment with plans to cut even more.  [View news story]
    And yet US & Europe markets spike up on the news of a fix...
    Oct 27, 2011. 11:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Today In Commodities: Market Challenges [View article]
    Matthew, I agree, difficult markets abound. Took my first ever loss trading oil recently. High correlations in most markets continues to make me uneasy even as I watch some opportunity go by...
    Oct 19, 2011. 05:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TransCanada (TRP) flexes its political muscle, saying it has lined up 22 Democratic members of the House to back its Keystone XL Pipeline project in a letter to President Obama. Opponents of the proposed pipeline through the heartland of the U.S. include nine Nobel laureates.  [View news story]
    Everyone knows this bunch of "lauteates" is a bunch of shysters who make their livings off of pressuring deep pockets orgs whenever and wherever they can. Build the damned pipeline already, or start mandating bicycles for everyone. Oh, I forgot, that's in Mr O's next year twenty year plan...
    Oct 19, 2011. 04:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Scary chart of the day (or most bullish chart of the day, depending on your perspective): IMF calculations have U.S. per capita debt exceeding per capita GDP this year. Thirty years ago, debt was about 40% of GDP.  [View news story]
    This just reflects all the $$$ thrown into the wind instead of letting capitalism work.
    Oct 19, 2011. 10:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If you've ever doubted whether Bank of America (BAC) is in serious trouble, this development should settle it, says Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith. In a move to reduce the bank's holding company exposure, it recently moved a large tranche of its worst performing derivatives from its Merrill Lynch unit to a subsidiary flush with taxpayer insured deposits. The Fed has signaled it favors the move, but the FDIC, which will have to pay off depositors in the event of a bank failure, objects.  [View news story]
    Karslow say hello to mirror. The gov't has NO right to take my tax money and prop up persons they decide "deserve" it. This country was not built by cronykapitalistasm but by hard working real people who deserve better.
    Oct 19, 2011. 01:07 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget the yuan, says Coke (KO) CEO Muhtar Kent, it's U.S. tax policy and political polarization driving investment out of the States and into China (and Brazil). "In China and (others), you see the kind of attention to detail about how business works and how business creates employment."  [View news story]
    Free thought and independent business practice beats centrally planned always in the medium to long run. The Coke guy should visit some of the empty "new cities" built over the last 10 years. Sorta like "New Coke"- not sure Coca Cola is where to turn for macro econ advice...
    Sep 26, 2011. 05:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment