Archives for September 2006

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Amaranth Apology to Investors

Here's the letter. Here's a summary, oops we'll make up for it and will never do it againTo Investors in Amaranth's Multi-Strategy Funds:In light of the events experienced by Amaranth's multi-strategy funds over the last two weeks, we would like to respond to our investors' queries regarding the status of redemptions and the future of Amaranth's business.Temporary Suspension of RedemptionsAs you …

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Stock Market Art

I love photos and art of the exchanges. I am always looking for nice pieces. I have no affiliation or make any commission on these photos but here are a few I like. Click on them to see who painted them or took the photo. I have a special love of the Chicago Options Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade art and photos. If you have any that you think are especially nice please email me.

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IPhone Confirmed

Here is some of the coding in the new ITunes 7.01. Would you put all this in the code if you didn't have a phone on the horizon?"4301.043" = "Are you sure you want to manually manage music and videos on your mobile phone? You will need to manually eject your mobile phone before it can be disconnected safely."; ..."4301.045" = "Are you sure you do not want to manually manage music and videos on yo …

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Two Trades Today

A calendar spread selling the 35 calls of ENER and buying 07 35 calls. Did this for 2.80. Not as much premium as I wanted in October but I like the trade. Will be buying leaps as well soon.Bought AMGN 72.50 Oct calls on a gamble. .70 was a good price seeing that if it break 72.50 it will run.

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12 Rules of Trading

These are so simple but I have to read them over again to make sure I don't get away from these basic rulesThe 12 Golden Rules for Successful Trading1. Adopt a definite trading plan.Because of the emotional stress that is inherent in any speculative situation, you must have a predetermined method of operation, which includes a set of rules by which you operate and adhere to, thus protecting you fr …

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Teens Playing Russian Roulette with Computer Dusting Spray Dust Off

It is hard to believe how easy it is to die from simple misuse of Dust-Off. This is real and very dangerous. I checked the Snopes entry myself before posting. You can verify this story at Snopes. Take time to read the full explanation that snopes has compiled- you need to understand the possible implications from kids using household products to “get high”.Latest Drug in School - …

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MyBlogLog

I have no idea what I was smoking last night I really screwed up my links so I thougt I might set up a nice and correct link. I do like the site but like Digg a few blogs seem to really run the action around there. The tools are very helpful and easy to use. I have a new look to my site and will be taking it off blogger in November. I am having it professionally done but it still will be little ol …

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Things Arent Always As They Appear

Corn is too low. The yields are coming in 20 bushels lower than what most thought. How do I have such insider info. All you have to do is call the elevators, they will gladly tell your their takes. Commodities are struggling but corn is the place to be. I am a buyer of 07 fall as well. By the way, the picture to the right is made of burnt toast. Yep a burnt toast piece of art.

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Washington Salaries 2006

Not making enough trading or at your regular jobs? Here are some of the crazy jobs and their crazy salaries.White House Gift Logger $15/hrChief of Staff to the First Lady $149,000 ($16,000 raise from last year)Two Gift Analyst @ $30,000 eachDirector of Presidential Proclamations $51,700Director of Coalitions Media $57,100Director of Presidential Messages $52,000Assistant Supervisor of Classific …

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Marchex Inc Is Worth Much More Than You Think

Here is a story from DNJournal. More than a decade ago, a small group of visionary individuals began dabbling in a hobby business that eventually mushroomed into what we now call the “domain industry”. Those early pioneers realized that domain names constituted the real estate of the Internet and, despite being ridiculed by others, they firmly believed that one day domains would …

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Stock I’m Long

Many think this is overbought and the technicals may point to a fall but I think the financials are rock solid and will continue to play this into November (unless my stops get hit, ha ha)

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Stock I’m Short

Been short a few day and will continue to short until I see a reversal

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2006 White House Salaries

Not making enough trading or at your regular jobs? Here are some of the crazy jobs and their crazy salaries.White House Gift Logger $15/hrChief of Staff to the First Lady $149,000 ($16,000 raise from last year)Two Gift Analyst @ $30,000 eachDirector of Presidential Proclamations $51,700Director of Coalitions Media $57,100Director of Presidential Messages $52,000Assistant Supervisor of Classific …

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Washington Salaries 2006

Not making enough trading or at your regular jobs? Here are some of the crazy jobs and their crazy salaries.White House Gift Logger $15/hrChief of Staff to the First Lady $149,000 ($16,000 raise from last year)Two Gift Analyst @ $30,000 eachDirector of Presidential Proclamations $51,700Director of Coalitions Media $57,100Director of Presidential Messages $52,000Assistant Supervisor of Classific …

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Decisions, Decisions Which Car to Buy

After being nominated by myself for pimp trader of the Year and former Nursery Pimp of the Year I've decided to get myself a car to match my image. I know this is spending my money before I made it but I have an image to uphold. Which one should I go for. One says successful and the other says muther f'in successful.

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2006 White House Salaries

Not making enough trading or at your regular jobs. Here are some of the crazy jobs and their crazy salaries.White House Gift Logger $15/hrChief of Staff to the First Lady $149,000 ($16,000 raise from last year)Two Gift Analyst @ $30,000 eachDirector of Presidential Proclamations $51,700Director of Coalitions Media $57,100Director of Presidential Messages $52,000Assistant Supervisor of Classifica …

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Brian Hunter and Amaranth Say “I’m Sorry”

"We feel bad about losing our money, but we feel much worse about losing your money," . These are the words of Amaranth founder Nick Mauonis. It seems that floor traders finally got back at Amaranth, who the traders say pushed them around for months with their huge positions. None of the floor traders were willing to let them out of their positions. According to the NY Post, " A lack of buyers in …

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REDO: Screw Wal-Mart Buy Apple

I can't believe Wal-Mart has the audacity to ask movie studios to lower the wholesale costs of their DVDs if Apple is allowed to sell movies online. According to an article from BusinessWeek "As the largest seller of DVDs, Wal-Mart accounts for roughly 40% of the $17 billion in DVDs that will be sold this year, a financial lifeline to big-spending studios. But now Wal-Mart's video business faces a …

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Former Stock Pimp of 2005

I may not even be nominated for Stock Pimp of the Year 2006 at Tale of the Tape but I gave myself the award New Pimp of the Year. I hope to win the big award down the road as I build my following and trading abilities, but I hope to start by just earning a link at his site. One step at a time. My problem is I own a nursery and get so busy during the spring and summer that my blog suffers. Fortunat …

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Going Out For a Nice 23 Mile Run

Yes 23 miles. I love to run marathons and to run those things you have to run some long runs before the race. Today is the last long one. It's an easy way to burn 3000 calories. My goal is to qualify for Boston but I am afraid I not in that great of shape. People wonder why I don't keep up the blog but when you run 5 miles in the morning, work 12 hours, come home and spend time with the family …

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Got My Ass Spanked

I thought I had set my stops on FDX today and got home and saw I took a loss on a stock with no stops set. Found out stops only work if you actually enter them. Oh well, maybe I'll get luck and gap up on Monday for no reason.

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Just Watching Today

Have a bunch of work to do today. They market is sitting uncomfortably where its at. Overall people think it needs a correction but they can't seem to come up with a great reason. Profits coming in strong and of course guidance is conservative. Why wouldn't it be? Who wants a high bar? Housing? It was bloated all along but nobody said anything about it. Now that it is getting back to realit …

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Photos Of New Playstation 3 Packaging

I really didn't believe it would ever come out but they have atleast made the boxes. I am assuming they are only display boxes . I just needed to see something like this to make me believe they were actually going to release this thing before Christmas. Here they come. Although they are using a 60 gig model, they boxes say 20 gig so the boxes are all for show. Either way, here comes the PS3. Look …

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Want to Know Where to Plant Tulips?

Plant your Two Lips right here. On these great linksYou would think he could buy a better name. One of Forbes' richest men.A funny blast from the past ebay auction. Still loved it. TraderMike Called the reversal today absolutely perfect.46 Things I Wish My Mom Taught Me About MoneyMan Jumps 50 Feet to Retrieve $2050 Smartest Things To Do With Your Money

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List of Companies Affected by Amaranth and How Much

Goldman Sach's Dyanamic Opportunities Fund .... Fund will subtract 3% off profit this monthSan Diego County Pension Plant.... Has $175 Million invested in AmaranthUnion Bancaire Privee Asset Management..... Rumored to have $475 Million in the fundArden Alternative Asset Management.... Had $40 Million in the fundIvy Asset Management of Long Island......$50 MillionMorgan Staley's Institutional Fund …

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What the Hell Happened to Good Quality Straws

When I used to go into McDonalds and get a coke I used to get a high quality thick straw that I could hold the wrapper, push down on the straw and out would come a fully intact straw. No breaks or bends that cause the sucking action to be diminished. I didn't hyperventilate from gasping too much air while trying to draw a good hit of Mt. Dew. Go try and do that today. McDonalds and Steak and Shake …

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REDO: Heres One Good Short for Oil

I pointed this out Monday and so far it's been good. Keep short on this one. From IBD Schaefer's Investment Research is recommending clients keep shorting energy. In particular, it's suggesting Oil Services Holdrs (AMEX:OIH - News). That view was initiated last month. "It has been in a long-term uptrend," said Nick Perry, a technical analyst at the Cincinnati-based research and advisory fir …

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Device That Diagnoses Disease Through Your Breath

I've smelled some people's breath that smelled like something was dying but soon we me able to blow into a device and it will tell you your disease, not just that your blood alchohol level is .18. This would truly be revolutionary. Here is the story from the ADA What if a low cost device could "sniff" out disease based on the odors emanating from a person's mouth, saving the expense and pain o …

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