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Here are today's top and bottom performing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)...

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) = +1.13 percent
  • iShares GS Semiconductor (IGW) = +0.68 percent
  • Biotech HOLDRS (BBH) = +0.67 percent
  • Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) = +0.60 percent
  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = +0.46 percent
  • iShares GS Natural Resource (IGE) = +0.44 percent
  • iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) = +0.32 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = +0.32 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • MidCap SPDRs (MDY) = -0.57 percent
  • iShares DJ US Telecom (IYZ) = -0.65 percent
  • iShares DJ US Financial Sector (IYF) = -0.74 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = -0.74 percent
  • Wireless HOLDRS (WMH) = -0.96 percent
  • iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR) = -1.28 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = -1.32 percent
  • streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Fund (RWR) = -1.42 percent

Semis are perking up as the session wears on while real estate is trading down on the session. Outside those groups, the action is rather quiet....

Note: If you are not familiar with ETFs, make sure you read the Education and FAQ sections in our ETF center.

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Chris says..."THIS JUST IN! The FOMC mistakenly omitted these sentences from their minutes: "Long Term inflation expectations appear non-existent. Growth appears headed for the moon, as consumers still have 1% savings burning holes in their pockets." (Please excuse me for being cynical) "

My response - You are excused....

Aside from the obvious humor, I wanted to post this because one of the tenets of contrarianism involves critical thought. In the link above, I posted this excerpt from The Art of Contrary Thinking, by Humphrey Neill:

    "May I emphasize the thought that 'contrary think' is one of the best ways to limber up your mind; and I hope you'll try it out. You've noticed how, at a school or college baseball game, the coach has the ball batted around the bases to limber up the infield. You can limber up your mind the same way - by tossing ideas back and forth. Countless creative ideas have been originated by one idea bringing to mind another ... There is nothing like disagreements to bring out fresh thought."

Whether it is comments from the FOMC or Wall Street (or even what I post here), you always need to be diligent about looking at all sides of a story in terms of how it may impact you...

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Checking Back on PLAB

by 5/24/2005 2:43 PM
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Another stock I am keeping an eye on is Photronics (PLAB) which I touched on last week...

In that link I noted how the stock gapped higher on better-than-expected earnings while the sentiment was skewed towards skepticism. I have been watching whether the stock would hold the gains from the gap higher....


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As you can see, the shares have spent the past few days consolidating sideways which I would take as an encouraging sign...

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One to Watch - PNRA

by 5/24/2005 2:29 PM
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Right off the bat, Panera Bread (PNRA) caught my eye....


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This weekly view shows that the shares have been moving higher since last summer. The recent pullback was contained at the 20-week moving average and the subsequent bounce pushed the shares above their former peak which should now act as support. A look at the sentiment below offers encouragement as optimism is no where to be seen...

  • Percent of analysts tracked by Zacks who rate the stock with a "buy": 42%
  • Number of analysts tracked by Zacks: 19
  • Short interest as a percent of float: 19.2%
  • Short interest ratio: 6.409
  • Put/call ratio percent rank: 100.0%


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No Traction

by 5/24/2005 2:22 PM
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For what it is worth...The buying noted below has yet to gain traction and so far it appears the FOMC minutes have been a non-event in terms of being an immediate catalyst so I am going to turn my attention to looking for some stocks of interest...


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