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Beat the Treasuries ... And the S&P 500!
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Zero-sum game? Maybe. Try to feast on a yo-yo diet of a sideways stock market by utilizing one or both of these strategies invloving ETF's of the ProShares Ultra or Ultra Short S&P 500 for bears and bulls.
1. Buy both UPRO and SDS and sell a little when the S&P 500 moves 10% up or down.
2. Sell covered calls or puts on SSO and SDS.
If you don't care much for planning, you might enjoy our random stock generator which also tells you when to buy and sell.
(What can I say... I am sarcastic guy!)
IPO's that are intriguing:
Hulu, the Internet TV company, seems to have a near monopoly, much like Yahoo when it started. And
Pacific Biosciences, A.K.A. PacBio is said to be a "game-changer" in this San Jose Mercury News article.
Well, folks, finally some stability is in place, giving us hope for a nice return in 2010, because the nervousness of the last two years had put a crimp on merger activity. Here's an example: I did not know whether to believe CNBC's Karen Finerman when she said the Rohm and Haas buyout by Dow Chemical would go through. The stock was WAY below the buyout price and I got in, panicked and sold early.It had a 15% down day, then was up and down 10% for a few weeks. It DID close, FINALLY, thank goodness! Same for Sun Microsystems buyout by Oracle, except, Oracle didn't have to borrow money, just clear A LOT of anti-trust hurdles. Now people think open source software is being stifled... POSSIBLY!
Nov. 8, 2007
First I want to mention we have a new political blog on our site now. Enough said,, back to monetary issues: Gerhardt from Ohio writes: How I've profited during this oil crisis: 1. Bought shares of oil fund USO which has been going straight up for the last few months 2. Sold short Continental Airlines, (CAL) 3. Sold short U.S. Airways (LCC) 4. Sold short General Motors (GM), but there are so many stubbornly optimistic about it even in the midst of their loss (not earnings) report
Sept 26, 2007
Hello, Fellow Stock Market Enthusiasts, Here are some details of these transactions: Upon completion of each buyout, cash is deposited into the brokerage accounts of the shareholders in lieu of their shares.This follows an affirmative shareholder vote and approvals from agencies,as applicable, such as the FCC, SEC, Dept. of Justice's Anti-Trust Division, the European Union's various oversight committees, etc.
Sept 24, 2007
Greetings, One and All, Today I want to mention that looking at the charts to these stocks listed in our current portfolio, we like to see the price inching upwards towards the buyout price. If the price is not headed there and a gap is growing so that you are uneasy, how about putting in a stop order for the lower limit of your comfort level?
Sept 21, 2007
Hey Everyone, How has your stock portfolio fared in 2007? Some ups, some downs? My friend has just told me that he has kept track of the penny stocks touted in those pesky SPAM email messages. Of about 12 or so, only one is up for the year. It was Wynn, which is a casino company. Did you all see the TV story that Macau has surpassed Las Vegas for gambling revenue? Wynn is active there. Macau is an island relatively close to Hong Kong. Also, as you can see from the link to "Investor Chaos" I don't think gambling is a worthwhile enterprise from either a personal or investment point of view. It's an empty feeling to look back and regret the money lost. I see no merit in investments in tobacco or alcohol either-- two great social ills of our time.Sept 20, 2007
More than 200 of these deals listed here have gone through! Not since Sept., 2001 have any of the stocks listed here NOT gone on to meet their target prices. The reason in that particular case was that the major world events of that month caused the agreement between United Airlines and US Airways to be called off. So, all in all, these deals are quite likely to be completed because there is so much effort put forth both from a finance and a legal standpoint.
Sept 19, 2007
Solectron (SLR) has overshot the target price! Of course we sold right away!
Sept 18, 2007
Greetings , All, Firstly, a random thought for today, kind of sentimental: Money talk isn't the same without good ole Louis Rukeyser, but at least Paul Kangas is still around as our patriarch! "Nightly Business Report" is much more palatable than CNBC's frenzy and hype. Secondly, how about locking in the price of gasoline right now? Buy shares of USO which tracks the price of oil. If the share price increases, you can afford your dadgum gasoline. If it declines, well, your gasoline is less expensive in that case.
Special thanks to "Nightly Business Report" on PBS Television