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This is how Wall Street is feeling on October 1. (Via Wikipedia)

Stocks take bad-news swan dive to greet October

Stocks take bad-news swan dive to greet October

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 – Short column today as we prepare to head off for a 3-day jaunt in the Virginia mountains. It looks like a good time for a break, too, since this market already seems either to be on break itself or already broken. With the illegal quarter-end window-dressing exercise now concluded, stocks

Hong Kong 2014 protests.

Financial media ignore, downplay disruptive Hong Kong crisis

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Although Chinese government police are starting to get rough with the largely student-inspired pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, they haven’t yet deployed the kind of force that resulted in significant casualties a generation ago during the eerily similar protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Perhaps the Chinese Communists learned a thing

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, 09/28/14.

Hong Kong protests, PIMCO chaos to smash Wall Street Monday

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – As the third quarter’s illegal portfolio window-dressing fun is ready to conclude, the legendary Bill Gross’ Friday exit as PIMCO’s chief bond guru will weigh heavily on Monday’s opening Wall Street trades. Worse yet, however, the potentially cataclysmic outcome of Hong Kong’s ongoing pro-democracy protests could unleash a killer tsunami

Who's that little dude visiting Yahoo! HQ?

AOL up 3.5 percent in active trading. To merge with Yahoo?

WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014 – Long rumored, reports are now surfacing that Jeffrey Smith’s activist investment firm Starboard Value LP is strongly urging Yahoo! (YHOO) to consider a “strategic combination” with AOL, aka America Online (AOL). Starboard, said to own a “significant stake” in YHOO, reportedly views such a combination as synergistic and a potentially

Bill Gross in 2013.

BREAKING: Bill Gross exits PIMCO, to join Janus Capital

WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014 – Big, big news in Bond Land today. Bond traders and Wall Street alike were stunned to learn Friday morning that Pacific Investment Management Company’s (PIMCO’s) legendary founder, bond maven, guru and wizard Bill Gross, 70, will exit the company, effective Monday, September 29. Gross has served as PIMCO’s chief investment

Bending an iPhone 6 Plus.

#bendgate, iOS rev fail: Latest Apple [AAPL] flaps hit stock

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2014 – As if Apple’s latest problem with nude movie star pix were not enough of an issue, the company and its stock were hit today by the company’s latest pair of blown-out-of-proportion new product issues. Apple (AAPL) stock was down $3.88 today on fairly heavy volume, although shares are experiencing a

Warner Brothers cartoon image parody by T. Ponick.

Dollar robust, commodities bust as stocks take sickening Thursday plunge

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2014 – After a brief bull picnic yesterday, the bears have returned to town with a vengeance this morning as stocks are plummeting pretty much across the boards. A pictured above, famed inventor and trader Wile E. Coyote has already taken the honorable course many of his distraught predecessors took in 1929,


Post-Alibaba, stocks down hard today as bears return

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2014 – It’s another typical Blue Monday on Wall Street today, as traders attempt to recover from twin weekend hangovers caused by a trifecta of allegedly bullish news late last week. The Fed announced, more or less, that it wasn’t going to raise interest rates anytime soon. Scotland decided to remain in

Rocket launch. (US government photo)

Fast and furious redux: Alibaba [BABA] opens up 37 percent

NEW YORK, September 19, 2014 − After a frantic morning of jockeying, Alibaba’s much-anticipated IPO opened as if it were rocket propelled, soaring 35 percent to $92.70 from its IPO price of $68. Demand has been tremendous thus far, although it is difficult to guess where the stock may close today, given the potential overhang of shares

The Alibaba logo.

Want shares of the Alibaba [BABA] IPO? Good luck with that…

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – Warning: Long article ahead. If you’ll forgive the vulgar analogy, trading the market this week has been a little like getting sloppy seconds. No matter what position you undertake, it’s increasingly likely to disappoint. READ ALSO: Scotland and Alibaba [BABA]: Wall Street’s Wild West Friday News past, present and future