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Basic Materials are the Place to Be?

Mar 09 2008
In a week where all the three major averages dropped 2.5% and many good picks all of a sudden became bad, the Basic Materials sector was the strongest.

Washington Mutual March Puts

Mar 06 2008
Following-up the earlier call this week for FRE puts, today we have another financial that is experiencing a lot of put buying and that is Washington Mutual (WM).

Holding the GLD might be too Conservative

Mar 04 2008
In researching the performance of the streetTracks Gold Shares (GLD) vs individual gold mining companies I found that four out of the five top gold miners outperformed the ETF during the past 6 months.

Stocks on the 52 Week High List - Energy and Rails

Feb 27 2008

 This stock is a little expensive at this time but the industry has been strong with Warren Buffet purchasing shares of Burlington Northern around $80 according to reports and Carl Icahn purchasing shares of American Railcar (ARII), Greenbrier (GBX) and a 9.5% stake in CSX Corp (CSX).

Genetech Inc. March Calls

Feb 22 2008
Genetech Inc. (DNA) March options in the 70, 75, and 80 calls are being purchased with high volume today ahead of a FDA decision.

Annaly Capital Continues to Perform Well

Feb 22 2008
This is a difficult market. Agricultural Chemicals work some days, Mosaic (MOS) is the one I have mentioned before but can't see getting into until the market breaks to the upside. Gold works some weeks, with Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM) being my favorites. Banks move on certain days, State Street (STT) and Northern Trust (NTRS) I have recommended before. But overall this is a really tough market with next to nothing working on a continued basis.

Oil Heading for a New High – Stocks to Own

Feb 19 2008
Crude oil peaked at 100 in January, dipped into a trading range of 86 to 94 for about a month, and has now broken out to the upside reaching 98 this morning. This has allowed a number of oil drilling/exploration and oil equipment/services companies to rally and they are doing quite well today.

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