October 30, 2009

Global Market Comments October 30, 2009 Featured Trades: (SPX), (TBT), (FISKER AUTOMOTIVE), (TAR SANDS) NOTE TO READERS: There is a short letter today, as a cable has snapped on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, slicing though a car, and shutting down Interstate 80. Mercifully, the startled driver was spared. I am holed up at the Marines' Memorial Association, trapped … [Read more...]

October 29, 2009

Global Market Comments October 29, 2009 Featured Trades: (GOLD), (DOW), (BRAZIL), (EWZ) 1) A few years ago, I went to a charity fund raiser at San Francisco's priciest jewelry store, Shreve & Co., where the well heeled men bid for dinner with the local high society beauties, dripping in diamonds and Channel No. 5. Well fueled with champagne, I jumped into … [Read more...]

October 28, 2009

Global Market Comments October 28, 2009 Featured Trades: (ROACH MOTELS) (FCX), (COPPER), (DOLLAR), (ALTERNATE RESERVE CURRENCY), (LONDON OLYMPICS) 1) This is how you trade this market. Buy the dips on any pull back in any asset, keep a tight stop loss, and run like Hell if it get's triggered. No doubling up or leaning in. There is only one problem with this strategy. … [Read more...]

October 27, 2009

Global Market Comments October 27, 2009 Featured Trades: (CIA), (TBT), (DBA), (FCX), (USO), (TM), (CVX), (XTO), (RSX), (GOOG), (BIDU)   1) Lunch with the Central Intelligence Agency is always interesting, although five guys built like brick shithouses staring at me intently didn't help my digestion. Obama's pick of Leon Panetta as the agency's new director was … [Read more...]

October 26, 2009

Global Market Comments October 26, 2009 Featured Trades: (CANADIAN DOLLAR), (FXC), (AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR), (FXA), (NEW ZEALND DOLLAR), (BNZ), (RSX), (OIL), (ZACHARY KARABELL) 1) It's all about the dollar, which I have despised all year like the red headed stepchild it has become (click here for my initial recommendation). The assured onslaught of federal debt issuance … [Read more...]

October 23, 2009

Global Market Comments October 23, 2009 (SPECIAL WHEAT ISSUE) Featured Trades: (AGU), (POT), (MON), (DBA), (CAT), (JON STEWART) 1) With December wheat (WZ09) tickling $5.48 yesterday, the e-mails are now pouring in from farmers, co-ops, and silo managers in the Great Plains states offering reasons why it should go higher. The Northern states and much of the … [Read more...]

October 22, 2009

Global Market Comments October 22, 2009 Featured Trades: (XOM), (DBA), (USO), (RJI), (AFRICA), (AFK), (GAF), (EWH, (FXI) 1) Those of you searching for the 'new normal' better take a close look at the China National Offshore Oil Company's (CNOC) efforts to top Exxon Mobil's (XOM) $4 billion bid for development rights to a giant new field off West … [Read more...]

October 21, 2009

Global Market Comments October 21, 2009 Featured Trades: (GOOG), (MS), (1987 CRASH), (CVA), (AMSC) 1) When people ask me what is the one stock they should put in their kid's college fund and forget about, I always give them the same company: Google (GOOG). The toll taker for the Internet that controls 70% of the global market for search just announced record Q3 profits … [Read more...]

October 20, 2009

Global Market Comments October 20, 2009 Featured Trades: (DINNER WITH OBAMA), (MS), (BYRON WIEN), (JULIUS CAESAR),   1) The black GM Suburban barreled into the parking structure at San Francisco's posh St. Francis Hotel, its emergency lights flashing, and quickly disgorged a team of secret service agents. Behind them the armored Cadillac limo screeched to a … [Read more...]

October 19, 2009

Global Market Comments October 19, 2009 Featured Trades: (BILL FLECKENSTEIN), (DIN), (RIMM), (JWN), (DOW 10,000), (FSLR) (TRES AMIGAS TRANSMISSION FACILITY) 1) I have worshipped legendary hedge fund manager, Bill Fleckenstein, as the God that he is for decades. So I thought it was time to catch up with the noted bear on the day the Dow popped above 10,000. Bill said … [Read more...]

October 16, 2009

Global Market Comments October 16, 2009 Featured Trades: (RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE), (ETF's), (CALIFORNIA WINE MARKET) 1) I can honestly say that I have worked for the worst boss on the planet, Rupert Murdoch, when I free lanced for his flagship newspaper, The Australian. No matter what I wrote about Japan's trade down under in sugar, wheat, coal, iron ore, steel, or … [Read more...]

October 15, 2009

Global Market Comments October 15, 2009Featured Trades: (WHEAT), (WZ09), (HELEN THOMAS), (TROLL DOLLS)   1) I bet I'm the only guy you know whose wedding was filmed by the KGB. My friend, the TASS correspondent,  shot 8mm film of the entire assembled foreign press at the event at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in the seventies, no doubt for their files … [Read more...]

October 14, 2009

Global Market Comments October 14, 2009Featured Trades: (NATURAL GAS), (CHK), (DATA BASE SEARCH), (REGIONAL BANKS), (DOLLAR BILLS)   1) I received another scratchy, crackling cell phone call from my drilling buddy in the Texas natural gas fields today. You could almost hear the dust on the line. The doubling of prices in the last month is totally bogus, and is … [Read more...]

October 13, 2009

Global Market Comments October 13, 2009GLOBAL RISK ALERT! Featured Trades: (GOLD), (SILVER), (CANADIAN DOLLARS), (AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS), (NEW ZEALAND DOLLARS), (BRAZIL), (RUSSIA), (INDIA), (CHINA), (TAIWAN), (SOUTH KOREA), (VIETNAM), (JNK), (TBT) 1) When everything is working, and my portfolio is firing on all 12 cylinders, I pinch myself and ask 'Is this real? What can … [Read more...]

October 12, 2009

Global Market Comments October 12, 2009 Featured Trades: (FBI), (YELLOW CAKE), (CVX), (CRUDE)   1) I immediately recognized Robert Mueller as the kind of no nonsense, ex-Marine, Vietnam Vet that he was, the kind of officer who used to rip your  guts out for disobeying a direct order, which in my case was frequently. President Obama thought this is the man you … [Read more...]

October 9, 2009

Global Market Comments October 9, 2009 Featured Trades: (BILL CLINTON), (WHEAT), (CANADIAN DOLLAR), (ALTERNATIVE ENERGY), (ORCL), (TM)   1) I opened the e-mail at my usual wake up time of 4:00 am. President Bill Clinton was playing with Tiger Woods at the Presidents' Cup PGA tournament at the Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco today. Would I have time … [Read more...]

October 8, 2009

Global Market Comments October 8, 2009 SPECIAL NATURAL GAS ISSUE Featured Trades: (UNG), ($NATGAS), (CHK), (DVN), (USO), CRUDE), (COP), (PBR) 1)  Happy as I am to open beer bottles with my teeth and do my own tattoos, I have recently become a wimp when it comes to trading natural gas futures. I managed to warn my readers that a collapse of Biblical proportions was … [Read more...]

October 7, 2009

Global Market Comments October 7, 2009SPECIAL GOLD AND SILVER ISSUE Featured Trades: (GOLD), (ABX), (GLD) (KGC), (JAG), (RGLD), (SLV) 1) Of course you knew it was going to happen like this. After churning around just below the old high, and sucking in as many profit takers and short sellers as possible, gold blasted through to a new high for the year of $1,038. … [Read more...]

October 6, 2009

Global Market Comments October 6, 2009 Featured Trades: (OBAMA), (FSLR), (SOLAR)   1) If you wonder where I am on the evening of Thursday, October 15, I will be having dinner with Barrack Obama, President of the United States. I received the invitation to San Francisco's exclusive Saint Francis Hotel to meet the Commander-in-Chief with 250 of the city's … [Read more...]

October 5, 2009

Global Market Comments October 5, 2009 SPECIAL 'I TOLD YOU SO' ISSUE Featured Trades: (TBT), (BRAZIL), (EWZ)   1) For the last six months there has been a great big whopping contradiction in the markets. The stock market has been discounting a return to the 'Roaring Twenties,' while the bond market has been anticipating another 'Great Depression.' After … [Read more...]

October 2, 2009

Global Market Comments October 2, 2009 Featured Trades: (MSFT), (BRK/A), (ORCL), (WMT), (CVX), (MEXICO)   1) We are now six months and 22 days into the global stock market rally, and what a rally its been! The move off the bottom has been the largest in history, and Q3 was the best in 11 years. The crash took world stock market capitalization down from a peak … [Read more...]

October 1, 2009

Global Market Comments October 1, 2009 Featured Trades: (IDX), (INDONESIA), (FSLR), (STP), (YGE) 1) Was that nice for you, dear? Now that cash for clunkers has expired, new car sales have cratered. September is coming in at a 7 million unit run rate, lower than before the program started, and down 24% from already depressed YOY levels. It really makes you … [Read more...]