Carter Worth on Filling the Gap

Disclaimer: Nothing in the below post constitutes an invitation to buy or sell any securities nor is it supervised research.  Do not trade or invest based on anything you read here. There’s a very misunderstood principle of technical analysis that amateurs and dilettantes often use to justify foolish trades.  Carter Worth of Oppenheimer Asset Management…

Texas Instruments: Note To Self

Talk about having your thunder stolen!  Reporting earnings at the same time as Apple is like playing the second stage at Lollapalooza as the Chili Peppers take the main stage.  Supposedly, crickets could be heard on the Texas Instruments (TXN) conference call along with the quiet yearning of the second string sell-side analysts who wished they were…

Hot Links: Brazil's Tax, Heroin & the Upside Crash

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Dick Bove has a word of caution for those looking to become analysts.  (Dealbreaker) Look out! Brazil is imposing a “foreign investor” tax.  (Clusterstock) Lindzon’s calling this phase of the rally an “Upside Crash”.  (HowardLindzon) The race to save Lehman: an excerpt from Sorkin’s new monster book.  (NYT) Economists see…

Crushing Earnings Estimates? There's an App for That.

I’m utterly in awe of the great American earnings machine that is Apple Inc (AAPL). This evening’s earnings report eruption was utterly remarkable given the environment. From All Things Digital: Apple’s September quarter saw, among other things, the release of Snow Leopard, the latest upgrade to its OS X operating system and the first public…

Follow Up: Ag-Related Stocks Being Harvested

Yesterday I discussed the possibility that portfolio managers may now look to the agriculture-related stocks to play catch up vis a vis the metals and energy stock rally. Guess they were thinking just that: Industry Top Performers Intraday Price Performance % Change Market Cap AGRIUM INC. [AGU] +7.31% $8.4 B POTASH CP SASKATCHEW [POT] +6.17%…

If Galleon Unloads Their Treasures…

For what it’s worth, here’s a quick look at Galleon‘s top ten holdings.  I’d imagine that the phones are ringing off the hook with redemption requests as we speak.  These are almost all mega-caps, so I wouldn’t expect a great deal of impact should the fund have to unwind these positions quickly. NAME                       STOCK SYMBOL      …

Hot Links: Wasted!

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Greenbackd’s monthly list of stocks with activist positions.  (Greenbackd) I’m making this one the post of the day: All about compounding.  (InvestingCaffiene) Bill Ackman, David Einhorn and others share their best investing ideas.  (Clusterstock) Peter Maass has a new book out about the violent world of crude oil.  (USAToday) Bill…

Don't Do It Google!

I’ve yet to see a successful Internet Roll-Up strategy executed and in my opinion, even a company as brutally successful as Google probably couldn’t pull it off. Watching Barry Diller collect assets like Expedia, Hotels.com and AskJeeves only to start spinning them off in frustration was a cautionary tale for old media execs.  Having witnessed…

Commodity Plays: The Search For What Hasn't Moved Yet

Crunch time for portfolio managers. I read in Barron’s this weekend that the average US stock mutual fund manager is about 5% ahead of the S&P 500 this year, according to Lipper.  OK, but it’s the below-average performing PM that really needs the juice right about now, with 10 weeks or so left to make…

Comparing This Decade's NASDAQ to the 1930's Dow Jones

In a new He Said/ She Said piece from the Wall Street Journal, we get the above chart, which compares the last 9 years of the NASDAQ to the Dow Jones Industrial Average of the Great Depression.  Without question, there is an eerie similarity in the squiggles. From the WSJ: Editor’s Note: It was the…