Posts from March 2011

The Art of Hybrid Car Maintenance

Had to take a cab. I try not to take them in Chicago since they charge $1.50 just to sit in the cab for the fuel surcharge. Sometimes you learn some interesting stuff from cabbies. They tend to know a …






Chicago Restaurants

Chicago eats better than any big city in the country.  New York might be more diverse, but it’s friggin expensive.  Same goes for San Francisco, and I find I get sick of a lot of the nouvelle cuisine out there …






USDA Grain Report, Intended Plantings (now with video)

The grain report was released by the USDA. It looks like farmers intend to plant 245 million acres of grain, up from 236 acres last year. It is also above the USDA estimate. ($ADM, $JD, $MON, $TSN, $MON) But in …






Breakfast Links

UDSA Grain Report is released today at 730 AM.  You might want to follow @IndianaGrain on Twitter or Stocktwits. ($ZS_F, $ZC_F, $MON, $SFD, $ZW_F $TSN $POT, $ADM, $JD) Paul Carr is onto gold digging women. ($GOOG) Bill Gross on why …






A Couple of Figures of the Day

Nate Silver postulated that Obama would get a bump from the Libyan action.  He did, sort of.  Up 1.5%.  But today, a Quinnipac poll had him trending lower, 48% disapprove of him.  I think the reason is that he dithered, …






Support for Libyan Al Queda Rebels, from Obama

I don’t care how you feel about whatever action it is we are doing in Libya. Pro or con this has got to rattle your cage.  Obama decides to give covert support to Libyan rebels, many of which are Al …






Can Social Media Help Your Trading?

Is social media so prescient that it can predict the moves in the market?  No, but it’s a good place for information.  Many traders have been using Twitter for some time.  It’s gotten so prevalent, hedge funds are beginning to …






Breakfast Links

Waves of blacks leaving blue states. Wonder why?  Could it be they are sick of their managed neighborhoods, and are going where the jobs are? I wish they wouldn’t call it supply side economics.  But, they had a conference and …






It’s The Weather Stupid

I was the in studio guest host on Stuart Varney’s show back in early December. They give each person in the studio one minute to talk about a topic they are focusing on. For me, I felt the story in …






Breakfast Links

I am on Fox Business at 8:30 Central time this morning. Obama gave a very “Bush” like speech last night to defend his reasons for going into Libya.  To be honest, I am less clear now about our military strategy …






Atlas Shrugged-The Movie

I loved the book Atlas Shrugged. Here is a trailer from the upcoming movie. It’s a very involved book. Hope the movie does it justice. This scene with the union is great.






A Trading Minute on Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is a tool. It works really well in dead markets. But, when the crap hits the fan throw those charts out the window and analyze the market, not the points.






There Are No Such Things as Bubbles

There is a lot of talk about the stock market, and specifically the start up market, being in a bubble again. Ever higher valuations for companies like Facebook, Twitter and Groupon have spooked a lot of people. Are these really …






Breakfast Links

Great story about Japan and rebuilding it’s economy.  The culture of Japan is very different.  This article highlights why it is very different from the US, Korea or China.  ($USDJPY) Just a few days away from the all important March …






Government Estimates

One of the services that government provides markets is statistical information. Virtually every government agency produces reams of statistics for people to chew on. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has some of the most important data the market digests, …






Sunday Breakfast Links

Monetary policy goes after the middle class.  As the people in NY said, “I can’t eat an iPad.” ($AAPL) This is what real budget cutting looks like.  Anarchists take to the streets in London.  No doubt, it will come to …






Breakfast Links

Was on the Mike and G radio show this morning,  links a bit late. If you are a shareholder of GE ($GE), you might be interested in this classic story of crony capitalism.  Immelt is disgusting, as is Charlie Rangel. …






Cramer on CNBC; Misconceptions

In the afternoon Jim Cramer and Erin Burnett do a little segment.  It gives Cramer a chance to answer questions from Ms. Burnett and talk about things. Sometimes he is pretty funny, sometimes he is even right! Today Cramer made …