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April 14, 2009

Global Market Comments April 14, 2009 Featured Trades: (WFC), (WB), (JPM, (BAC), (C), (GM) 1) So there is life after near death! Wells Fargo (WFC) stunned the street with a surprise $3 billion profit in Q1, vastly better than expectations. The shocker was that charge offs from loan losses amounted to only $3.3 billion, a […]

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April 13, 2009

Global Market Comments April 13, 2009 Featured Trades: (VIX), ($BVSP), (RSX), ($BSE), (FXI), ($KOSPI), (SPX), (EEM), (TBT), (PHB), (HYG), (FCX), (CHK), (COPPER), (OIL), (NATGAS), ($XEU), (REIT) First Quarter Report Card Many readers have asked me to review my recommendations of the last three months, so here is The Mad Hedge Fund Trader's Q1 report card. […]

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April 9, 2009

Global Market Comments April 9, 2009 Featured Trades: (GOLD), (ABX), (GM), (TM) 1) 'There is room for bulls and bears, but pigs get slaughtered,' said Peter Munk, the legendary founder and CEO of Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold producer. This is his admonition to worshipers of the barbaric relic hoping for a quick super […]

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April 8, 2009

Global Market Comments April 8, 2009 Featured Trades: (PLD), (TBT), (PHM), (CTX) 1) I bumped into Jim Lehrer last night, the legendary anchor of 'The News Hour With Jim Lehrer' on PBS, as he breezed through the San Francisco Bay Area promoting his 22nd novel, 'Oh, Johnny'. The ex-Marine, whose first big story was covering […]

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April 7, 2009

Global Market Comments April 7, 2009 Featured Trades: (VIX), (SPX) 1) Today I spoke to my old Morgan Stanley boss , Barton Biggs, who is so bullish that he believes we are only one third to one half of the way through the current stock market rally. Barton, voted best international strategist for seven years, […]

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April 6, 2009

Global Market Comments April 6, 2006 Featured Trades: (CHINA), (CRUDE), ($WTIC) 1) Deutsche Bank's former banking analyst Michael Mayo sucker punched the market today, putting out a report ominously entitled 'The Seven Deadly Sins of Banking' listing all 11 major banks as 'underperforms' or 'sells'.  Talk about closing the gate after the horses have bolted. […]

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April 2, 2009

Global Market Comments for April 2, 2009 Featured Trades: (LITHIUM), (SQM), (AMTD), (SCHW), (SWIM) 1) See? All it takes was a little accounting rule change, and Great Depression II will go away. At least that's what the stock market thought today, surging 300 points and blasting through 8,000 in the Dow, up 26% from its […]

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April 1, 2009

Global Market Comments for April 1, 2009 Featured Trades: (COPPER), (GOLD), (TM), (YEN) 1) The March ADP private sector employment report was diabolical once again, showing a loss of 742,000 jobs, the worst monthly showing in history. Boy, am I getting sick of saying 'worse than expected'. To add insult to injury, February was revised […]

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March 31, 2009

Global Market Comments for March 31, 2009 Featured Trades: (EBAY), (AAPL), (T), (VZ) 1) The migration of American business to online formats is accelerating, with over 1,000 new business being created every day. Internet advertising continues to go from strength to strength, and is one of the few growth sectors of the economy. The Interactive […]

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March 30, 2009

Global Market Comments for March 30, 2009 Featured Trades: (FCX), (CRUDE), (NG) 1)    Call me an optimist, but I am starting to see crocuses of economic recovery busting out all over. Long side traders now have a spring in their step after a 23% rise in the Dow in three weeks, the best move since […]

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March 27, 2009

Global Market Comments for March 27, 2009 Featured Trades: (SCHW), (AMTD), (IYR), (BPO) 1) Once thought an extinct species, the retail stock investor is back with a vengeance. It only took a 23% rally, the best since 1938, to do it. Trading volumes are up 15%-20%. It's time to take a look at the online […]

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March 26, 2009

Global Market Comments March 26, 2009 Featured Trades: (EEM) 1) There is an easier, cheaper, and faster way to solve the banking crisis which no one is talking about on Capitol Hill.  If collateralized debt obligations (CDO's) are the problem, just get rid of them! Desecuritize them! Just convert them back into the underlying loans. […]

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March 25, 2009

Global Market Comments for March 25, 2009 Featured Trades: (TM), (EBAY), (FUJI TV), (GS) 1) Now that traders are partying again on Wall Street, we have to ask, what will take the punch bowl away? The unemployment rate shooting over 10%, which could happen in April or May, would be my first pick. Losses on […]

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March 24, 2009

Global Market Comments for March 24, 2009 Featured Trades: (COPPER) 1) 'I said a few months ago that Washington was all in. We are now all in squared. The FDIC, Fed, and the Treasury are making a concerted effort to turn deflationary swamp water in inflationary wine.'  Ah, Paul McCulley, man of Virginia, you have […]

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March 23, 2009

Global Market Comments for March 23, 2009 Featured Trades: (BAC), (JAVA), (MSFT), (IBM), (NTAP), (SNDK), (EMC), (CTXS), (CRUDE), (GOLD), (TM), (HONDA) 1) I'm sorry I'm late getting my comments out today, but I had to get my application in to manage the Treasury's latest $1 trillion bailout program. They're due April 10, and I wanted […]

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