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For What It Is Worth...

by 4/1/2005 10:28 AM
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The major indices have now drifted back to breakeven or below....I have to believe that a lower close today would be a blow to the psychology of the bulls...


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by 4/1/2005 10:17 AM
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The ISM data is out...well sort of. There appears to be confusion about the release and whether it was correct. What I do know is that stocks have pulled back a bit...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

As you can see below, the major indices are still holding gains, but they aren't quite the blockbuster moves that futures were indicating...

Index Index Value Point Change Percent Change
S&P 500 (SPX) 1185.5 4.9 points 0.41 percent
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) 10533.4 30 points 0.3 percent
Nasdaq Composite (COMP) 2006.5 7.3 points 0.37 percent
Russell 2000 (RUT) 617.9 2.8 points 0.46 percent
CBOE Market Volatility Index (VXO) 13.37 -0.25 points -1.8 percent

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As usual, this table lists stocks that have at least 10 percent of their float sold short and then shows the top ten based on yesterday's gain. The last field shows how the stock is performing in today's session. This can be a useful tool for finding situations where stocks with heavy short interest have begun to move. All returns are shown in percentages.

Note - more information on short interest can be found by by clicking here.

Company Yesterday's
Percent of Float
Sold Short
Cyberonics, Inc. (CYBX) 11.1 18.9 44.17 -2.72
Conn's, Inc. (CONN) 6.0 28.0 18.80 1.07
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) 5.9 40.6 10.85 0.56
Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG) 4.8 10.3 6.60 1.37
Oxford Industries, Inc. (OXM) 4.8 16.5 36.59 1.31
Wild Oats Markets, Inc. (OATS) 4.6 16.3 10.63 -0.56
Navarre Corporation (NAVR) 4.6 34.9 7.95 1.64
First Horizon Pharmaceutical Corporation (FHRX) 4.5 23.1 16.88 1.36
CMS Energy Corporation (CMS) 4.3 10.3 13.04 1.46
Quicksilver Resources Inc. (KWK) 4.0 10.7 48.73 1.07

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An Apology

by 4/1/2005 9:54 AM
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I have an apology to I noted earlier today is move day. As you might expect this has caused a few distractions and interruptions as we have been preparing. One casualty has to do with sending out some t-shirts which I have given away. But I haven't forgotten about you. If you still waiting, I apologize for the delay and promise to get those out the door as soon we get settled into our new home.

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At the Open

by 4/1/2005 9:47 AM
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The opening bell has rung and here is what I see at the open...

As expected, the broad market indices popped at the open...housing is in the lead followed by oil and natural gas stocks. Gold is the sole decliner.


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