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Jun 28 2008
When I see other financial bloggers on sites like SeekingAlpha and StraightStocks I sometimes wonder who is tracking their picks and who is keeping them honest. Their picks don’t have a very good chance of paying off anytime in the next 6 months. And most investors will be selling an investment that has only lost them money over the last six months.


Jun 25 2008

When a fad fades watch out below! Crocs has had an amazing crash from its high in November of last year to a new 52 week low today of $8.12 a share.

Eastman Kodak Co. (EK)

Jun 24 2008

Eastman Kodak jumps 13% on buyback plan and investors buy up the Call options in hopes of more upward movement.

Circuit City, Almost To Zero

Jun 23 2008
Circuit City tumbled to all new lows today, down 21.26% as the market got scared about an upcoming meeting and views that their earnings will be terrible. Goldman Sachs sent shivers through the spines of investors on Monday when they predicted that retailers selling non-essentials would have bad quarters due to the difficult and cash strapped times for consumers.

Trading When Stocks Run and Reverse

Jun 20 2008

Today presented two opportunities to trade around a couple of positions that I have. I still believe strongly in both positions but in one case General Motors (GM) moved too much and in the other case Regions Financial (RF) moved against my position.

Research in Motion (RIMM) before Earnings

Jun 19 2008
Research in Motion (RIMM) and Apple (APPL) seem to be dominating the handset space as both companies are at 52 week highs today while competing makers Nokia (NOK) and Motorola (MOT) are at new 52 week lows.

No One is Buying Cars

Jun 18 2008
Carmax should have done alright when it reported earnings earlier today as the car dealership sells mainly used cars. The ones that are inexpensive compared to the auto dealers selling the straight from the factory more expensive versions.

Regions Financial Corp. (RF)

Jun 17 2008
Regions Financial (RF) showed up on my radar as there was a large amount of Put activity in the month of July at the $12.50 strike price.

Agricultural Chemicals Return to Highs

Jun 12 2008

After a month long sell-off that saw Mosaic Company (MOS), Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT), and Monsanto Company (MON) dip from 4-15%, the agricultural chemical companies have rebounded to new highs within the last two weeks. Monsanto is still close to a new high with Mosaic and Potash striking new highs on Wednesday.

Coal Stocks Show Signs of Going Higher

Jun 08 2008

In a tough tape on Friday Coal related stocks performed above average and look to continue to run with profitable expectations growing. Massey Energy (MEE), Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Arch Coal (ACI) all have rising earnings expectations and are at 52 week highs. Just this past Monday, a broker, David Khani from FBR Capital Markets raised his price guidance for coal for next couple of years.

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