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by 9/1/2000 3:34 PM
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MicroStrategy (MSTR 31-7/8) provides intelligent e-business software and related services that enable the transaction of one-to-one electronic business through web, wireless, and voice communication channels. The stock has been basing since April, with the exception of a 120-percent rally that took place in June when the stock ran from 28 to 62 on heavy volume. Volume has been picking up; MSTR has traded over 3.5 million shares today. The stock is currently up 14.5 percent. Option activity has been centered on the September 30 call, where over 1,300 contracts have traded.
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by 9/1/2000 2:56 PM
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Yesterday, Micromuse (MUSE 179-9/16) fell 15 points to 151-7/8, resting directly on its 10-day moving average. Today, the stock is up over 17 percent, as it bounces sharply off this trendline. The 150 area is a key level, as the stock was able to break through resistance at this strike on August 24 and is now benefiting from yesterday's successful retest.

Many options players have ignored this stock. As of yesterday, front-month open interest held only 403 calls and 222 puts, and the most-active option today is the September 165 call with a volume of only 51 contracts.

A good contrarian indicator that this stock could continue to rise is that short interest has nearly doubled from mid-July to mid-August. <
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by 9/1/2000 2:02 PM
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Nordstrom (JWN 18-11/16) operates upscale department stores throughout the United States. JWN shares seem to be experiencing the "sell on the rumor, buy on the news" phenomenon, as the equity has posted a nearly nine-percent gain following a slew of brokerage downgrades.

Last night after the close, the retailer held a press conference wherein officials announced the resignation of the firm's Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Two members of the Nordstrom family were appointed to fill the roles. This morning, the stock's rating was lowered at Merrill Lynch (MER - 71-5/8), Bear Stearns (BSC - 68-5/16), and Credit Suisse/First Boston.

Despite this news, JWN has been trending higher throughout the session, although it is presently encountering resistance at its overhead 10-day moving average. The stock is still well below its significant intermediate-term and long-term moving averages. Even with today's rise, the shares remain 45 percent away from their annual peak reached in mid-April.
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by 9/1/2000 1:43 PM
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Starbucks (SBUX 38) is America's leading retailer of specialty coffees. The stock has endured an oscillatory year as a result of failed Internet ventures and shaky earnings reports. August was basically a wash for the equity, as it closed the month 2.3 percent below where it started.

SBUX has traded within a relatively wide range today, gapping higher out of the gate en route to reaching an intraday peak at 39-1/2. The equity has now pared some of these gains and is trading just over four percent higher.

This action was spurred after the firm reported that same-store sales for August rose 10 percent compared to last year. Total revenue year-to-date climbed an impressive 32 percent from $1.5 billion to $1.9 billion.
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by 9/1/2000 11:03 AM
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The Dow Jones Utility Average (UTIL - 366.73) is making another all-time high today. The UTIL had broken out above the 330 area in early August and closed out the month with a dazzling 11.7-percent return. The UTIL had been consolidating into its 20-day moving average over the last few days and now appears to be benefitting from technical buying and this morning's employment report. <
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