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Why the Nook is now doomed

Cross-posted from TradingWithCody.com, a service not affiliated with MarketWatch. So how about that big investment in Barnes & Noble by Microsoft which valued the B&N Nook tablet/e-reader business at $1.7 billion? For the record, when Microsoft invested in Facebook at a $15 billion, I told my viewers on my TV show that it was a […]

Gary Smith’s Market Take

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Here’s my take on the markets today, April 30, 2012. If you’d like to read more of my articles, click here. Credit gauges are mixed today. The 2Y Swap Spread is falling -3.4% to 29.2 bps. The 3M Euribor/OIS Spread is falling -2.1% to 38.4 bps. The Italian/German 10Y Yld Spread is falling -2.3% to […]

Monday Morning Musings

The market is lower in early trade after a 4-day bounce last week that resulted in solid weekly gains for the major indexes. The big news has come on the M&A front this morning.  First, Microsoft (MSFT) said it will invested $300 million into Barnes & Noble (BKS) to form a strategic partnership aimed at […]

THE OPTION QUEEN LETTER for April 29, 2012

Dan Clifton and Jason Trennert said;“… roughly one-third of the entire tax code expiring at the end of the year, the spending sequester beginning on January 2, a debt ceiling increase needed in the six weeks after the election and before the end of the year.” No big deal right……WRONG!  The 15% maximum tax on […]

Plan for Failure

I wrote the following on September 30th, 2009: =–=-==-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-= Imagine for a moment that you are managing a large corporate bond portfolio for a major institution.  One of the first things you should internalize is that you will be wrong.  You will buy bonds of companies that will get into unexpected trouble, and their prices […]

What top Web 1.0 stocks tell us about 2.0

The best way to get a macro view is to assimilate as much data as possible.  I know oil traders who track the number of construction cranes sold worldwide as an input in their crude demand models.  And sometimes the best data comes from companies that are leading indicators of the broader economy.  That’s why […]

Gary Smith’s Market Take

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Here’s my take on the markets today, April 27, 2012. If you’d like to read more of my articles, click here. Credit gauges are mixed today. The Libor-OIS Spread is falling -.61% to 32.7 bps. The European Investment Grade CDS Index is falling -2.2% to 139.87 bps. The European Financial Sector CDS Index is falling […]

Is The Market Too Complacent About Spain?

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The markets are slightly higher in early trading on the heels of more than 100 earnings reports that have come out last night and this morning, some mixed economic data, and another downgrade of Spain. So far there doesn’t seem to be much reaction to the S&P downgrade of Spanish debt to BBB+ from A, […]

My Gut Feeling for Today, April 27, 2012 ($)

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After a very busy after hours round of earnings reports, we got news that Spain’s debt was downgraded. As if that was an earth shattering surprise. Futures were down all evening as I enjoyed an off-Broadway show with my wife in which my cousin was starring in. If you have a chance to catch this […]

Weekly Sector Update – Transportation

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This week’s featured ETF is the iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average (IYT).   This ETF includes railroads, trucking, and delivery services.  The top holdings include Union Pacific (UNP), FedEx (FDX), United Parcel (UPS), and Norfolk Southern (NSC).  The concentration in the top five holdings is 43.65%.  The trailing P/E multiple is 14 and the yield […]

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