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Me on CNBC Fast Money Optionmonster Largest Tweetup Ever Live NYC

Yes, at the last second, I took down a plane ticket and flew out to NYC on Jetblue’s redeye flight on Thursday night, landing in NYC Friday morning 4:45am for the CNBC Fast Money Optionmonster Largest Tweetup EVER! Why is it the largest tweetup ever you ask? Since we only had about 10 people? Because it’s the first Tweetup synchronized with a global cable show (CNBC’s Fast Money) at 5:00pm Eastern on 3/6/09.

Met a ton of my “twitter” trader friends at tweetup, including @TraderAlamo (Vincent Bagnato- My partner for FINZ.tv), @CoffeyGrinds (Andrew Coffey), @OptionMonster (Jon Najarian) @BullishBeauty (Carolyn Lloyd-Ferguson), @Barrieabalard, @ShaneDrozdowski, @Ferrari321 (Kevin Cheng), @theTrading (Dave Johnson), and @Millionare007 (John), @Alf2126 (Amanda) whose step-dad @jaycoje (Jason) called from Vegas for her to come down to Time Square and get him a Po-Baby (mortgage crash formula) Tshirt.

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Lots more videos and tweetup stories as well as stuff from Invest Like a Monster conference on Saturday 3/7/09! so stay tuned here and on FINZ.tv!

Here’s the uncensored version of Largest Tweetup Ever video by @Coffeygrinds (Andrew Coffey)! Thanks Andrew! Love it!

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Don’t do it Timmy Geithner! Don’t do it!

If our largest debt holder (China) is concerned with our country’s solvency, how concerned should we be? (Bloomberg: China Needs U.S. Guarantees for Treasury Bond Holdings, Yu Says)  Yes the financial crisis has carried on for a while, we’ve heard speech after speech and testimony after testimony by Bernanke and Paulson. And everytime someone opened their mouth, the market got nuked.  But today’s market implosion before Timmy Geithner even got up to the stand felt just a notch more pessimistic.  The chatter. The fact even the media didn’t try (or finally couldn’t) help Geithner come up with a “hopeful” scenario and try to cheerlead the market higher.  LiBOR (London Interbank Offered Rates) ticked higher, showing more fear and the continued seizure of the credit markets.  Even if credit markets thawed a bit, less and less people have the means to buy a home.  Heck, even those renting might have to move back home if they continue to struggle finding a job.  I appreciate the Pres. Obie and Timmy G. trying a PR “change” and telling the truth about how bad it is (vs. the Bush/Paulson team of saying, just give us more money and we’ll fix it).  Telling how bad it is is one thing, but leaders show fear and say upfront that they don’t know what they’re doing is not the honesty we need. It’s time to show some real leadership Obie. It’s not a campaign anymore.  This is for real.  The world, not just our country, is collapsing.  Obie and Timmy G.:  either step up or, if you don’t think you have all the skills to handle it, step down. No one will think less of you for it. It’s too big of a task for any one man.  Don’t let pride (not being able to admit it’s too tough for you and that someone else may do better) be the reason the world implodes…and we’re imploding.  Still being concerned with the sideshow of corporate Jets and remodeled offices tells me you DON’T know how bad it is out there.  With unemployment this high and problems piling up everyday, social unrest about to rear it’s ugly head.  Corporate jets and remodeled bathrooms will be the last thing you’d think of by then.

p.s. like I said on twitter, round up a bunch of people like the Manhattan Project for the A-Bomb, and throw these people in the desert till they figure out a plan.

**FINZ.tv Trading Media & Entertainment, the new site I’m producing with my partner TraderAlamo, will launch videos this sunday.  Until then, read our “POSSE Traders Journal” blog along with other FINZ.tv POSSE: BHBGroupTrader, Chris Nelder, Daytrend, James Falvo, Jeffrey McLarty, Alamo, and Myself. **

And thanks to my trading mentor and friend Quint for this video when the trading days get to wild. Only trading nerds would’ve known about this video fo’ sho:

Guest Post: V.I.C. Stock Watchlist for 1/28/2009 by Daytrend of FINZ.tv’s POSSE

**A guest post by Vic Scherer, aka Daytrend, my friend and fellow blogger over at POSSE: FINZ.tv’s Trade Journal. Vic prepares daily scans of market trends, earnings, and technical analysis and narrows it down to the best trade opportunities for the days ahead. Today is a special post because it is once again FED day, where the Federal Reserve will announce interest rate decisions around 2pm EST.  And don’t forget, we’re still in earnings season!**

V.I.C. Stock Watchlist for 1/28/2009

by Daytrend

Wednesday is Fed day.

There are daily setups GALORE in banks, financials, and real estate, many more than usual. Unfortunately, most are in unstable situations with one or two dojis in the previous two days. Further, there are many rising wedges on decreasing volume, and some of these doji-pairs are near or at daily resistance points which could become inflection points if broken.

It is amazing how all this converged with Fed day, simply amazing. I sense that some very good intraday trends will emerge out of this in the next 1-2 days, but I can’t tell which way. And it might depend on the Fed. Also some very good swing trends could emerge.

Departing from my normal practice of placing trends on the blog, tonight will show these setups. However, this is just to illustrate the instability. FAS or FAZ and URE or SRS will be my vehicles of choice, with maybe 1-2 exceptions. If you’re into individual stocks, some of these could produce swing trends worth 10-15%, which might exceed results from the ETFs, but who knows.

WFC: Earnings before market open (BMO). Don’t touch this unless you do it all the time.

BAC: Inflection point at 6.48, could go all “some” way.

PNC, JPM: Watch for breakdown of V-bottom potential. PNC earnings 2/3 BMO, unless it is changed. JPM could be good to 18ish.

FHN: Coiled from hell. Could go either way.

WL: Nice bear flag, good for test of 14. Earnings scheduled for Friday BMO.

NTRS: I don’t trust the reaction to earnings on 1/21 BMO. If fins implode before the 1/21 high is breached, 49 here we come.

CMA: Loving the super-unstable 2-day doji situation at falling MAs on daily, right after earnings on 1/22 BMO. Could be good for a short to 14.50 at least.

STI: Continuation short.

STT: Watch for rollover. Could be good to 15.

GS: Wedging a bit like JPM.

MS: MUCH more bullish than most banks and fins.

PFG: Wedging on decreasing volume.

COF: Free-fall, but could be good for more daytrades (or a squeeze!).

Check for yourself the similar situations in Real Estate stocks.

** Disclosure: At the time of this post the author is flat. **

Guest Post: TraderAlamo’s “OBAMA. Obama Backs All Manufacturers in America.” from FINZ.tv’s Blog

** I’m headed back to Utah for more medical tests this week. My partner in FINZ.tv, TraderAlamo, has stepped in for me with this great analysis of Obama infrastructure plays. TraderAlamo’s pick is Mexican cement-maker Cemex (CX), and he lays out a strategy for trading Cemex based on current technical conditions of the stock.  Welcome TraderAlamo! Follow him on Twitter! And be sure to sign up for the premier of FINZ.tv!

SCUBA. Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

SNAFU, in military terms, simply meant situation normal, but American GI’s during World War II referred to SNAFU as Situation Normal All Fouled Up (I’ve cleaned up the word ‘foul’ a bit) to mock the U.S. Army’s penchant for acronyms. The trading community has always latched on to these acronyms as investing themes to identify hot sectors. BRIC, Brazil-Russia-India-China, was the dominant acronym prior to the slow-mo crash of ’09. In the absence of ANY monolithic trading themes, as the trend was simply DOWN, there has been a subtle theme to the rally in equities from the October panic lows.

OBAMA. Obama Backs All Manufacturers in America. The simple reasoning is the new President-elect’s potential creation of jobs via attention to the deteriorating U.S. infrastructure. (Aside: The boom of the 1920’s was the greatest building effort since that of Emperor Flavian’s Rule during the Roman Empire, and it was easily the most ambitious ever.) Sounds like I’m building to some fundamental thesis on where to invest, right? Wrong! This will only tell us what stocks to look at as trading vehicles. The fruition of this plan is not important to a trader, nor is its failure. What we are playing is the perception that traders will gravitate to the names that they feel may have some visibility going forward. The list of names to play include: CAT, JEC, TEX(think highways), SGR, FWLT, TXI, FLR, ACM(think overpass and bridge repair), X, CLF. Beyond these names would be cement, aggregate material or any company that could conceivably be contracted to repair, upgrade or construct any aspect of our infrastructure from roads to energy to electricity grids. Oddly enough, one name that could be flying under the radar as a beneficiary to OBAMA resides in our neighbor to the south, Mexico.

Cemex (CX) stealth Obama Play

Cemex (CX) stealth Obama Play

Cemex (CX) currently has an attractive daily pattern, and, with the world of cement manufacturers having merged dramatically, there are few pure cement plays. In all likelihood, we will not be able to produce all the cement for our infrastructure needs, and CX sits firmly positioned to benefit. We wanted to highlight this play on Thursday before Friday’s move as the intraday charts were perfectly aligned, but we were concerned about recommending names in a light volume environment. Notice the high volume reversal from early October then a retest that triggered a Grail buy signal (fancy name for a rare buy indicator). On Friday Cemex broke higher from a bullish flag(highlighted by blue line segments), but we are still concerned about volume as it decreased since the breakout. Also take note of the 50 day SMA as it has now turned up. With the market at an extreme overbought reading we remain cautiously bullish. This market would not be easy to play if it works higher from here because we would have to reach a bit for certain names. Ms. Market, however, loves to travel the path of maximum pain, so we would still be ready to attack longs via confirmed INTRADAY patterns. CX could potentially be headed to the 12-14 area to approach resistance if the market were to march higher from here. If the market were to pullback on lighter volume, we would look to the nature of the selling in CX to see if volume increased. A lighter volume pullback towards the 50 SMA would offer up a chance to enter a low risk high reward trade for the market’s newest acronym: OBAMA.

** For infrastructure sector analysis from the point of view of an engineer, read our own Jeffrey Lin‘s old post: “Subprime” NOT the headline from Honeywell’s quarter – Part 2: Strength in Energy, Construction, and Infrastructure
** Remember certain details of Jeffrey’s analysis have changed as the market deteriorated significantly since the time of the post. This is for reference only in order to obtain a general understanding of the sector.

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** Disclosure: no positions in the stocks mentioned as of 01/05/09, but positions may be taken as trades **

Guest Post: “Long case for Fifth Third Bancorp” by Ryan Yamada

**Note from Jeffrey: Not seeing much in this market you can hold for more than a couple hours, so haven’t written about any opportunities for investments or longer term trades. Here’s one from my college buddy Ryan Yamada. Ryan’s got a great blog, Sunburnt Sky, on Politics and Macroeconomics. Take a gander. **

LONG CASE FOR FIFTH THIRD BANCORP (FITB) by Ryan Yamada

Note: This is not a rigorous analysis on either the fundamental or technical side. It’s simply an observation based on the price action of other sizable regional banks following events similar to those experienced by Fifth Third Bancorp.

Introduction:

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) this last week is a regional bank headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, with about $67.3 bn in assets, and $41.1 bn in deposits, according to the FDIC as of Oct 28, 2008 (Thursday). I compared the figures with the June 30, 2008 report from FDIC and they are comparable: assets: $67.3 bn; liabilities: 61.8 bn; deposits: $41.6 bn; equity capital: $5.43 bn. Stock prices, incidentally, are also comparable (June 30: $10.18; Oct 28: $10.72) for the two dates.

The last few weeks have been nuts for the entire market. But in particular, regional banks are seeing a lot of volatility, and increasingly, sharp increases in share price.

SunTrust: assets: 171.5 bn, liabilities: 152.2 bn, deposits: 120.9bn, equity: 19.3 bn

PNC: assets: 128.3 bn; liabilities: 116.3 bn; Equity capital: 12.1 bn

Price increases are event driven:

Here are a few events that dramatically changed the outlook for FITB:

Aug 1: First Priority Bank is closed by the FDIC – SunTrust receives $254m in deposits (at zero premium) and purchases an additional $36m in cash-equivalent assets (total of $290m).

Sep 30: IRS rules that acquirers of weak banks can apply “losses on loans and bad debts” without limits.

Oct 24: PNC Financial Services Group Inc. announces acquisition of National City Corporation for $5.6 bn, increasing its deposit base by $90 bn and potentially earning offsets on $5.1 bn in taxes from loan losses associated with National City.

Oct 26: FITB announces that it has applied for capital from the Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program (CPP).

Oct 27, 2:28pm, Reuters: Fitch announces a downgrade of Issuer Default Ratings on municipal bonds to A from A+; Fitch had downgraded the IDRs of FITB to A+ and F1 in June 18, but these downgrades were erroneously not passed through to the ratings of muni bonds supported by FITB. In other words, some of them were downgraded from AA- to A. (http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSWNA768820081027)

Oct 28, 12:20 pm: FITB to accept $3.45 bn as part of the Treasury’s CPP. Treasury receives senior preferred securities with 5% dividend for first 5 years and 9% thereafter. Shares are callable at par after three years. 10-year warrants on common stock on 15 percent of the preferred stock investment ).

Oct 29., 2:17 pm: Ladenburg Thalmann analyst Richard Bove cuts outlook on concerns about poor lending habits.

2008 estimate: 16 cents/sh (from 53 cents/sh)

2009 estimate: 94 cents/sh (from $1.30/sh)

Oct 31, 6:21 pm: FITB to accept $227m in deposits and $36 in assets from the FDIC, receiver for Freedom Bank. The additional deposits from Freedom Bank give them about a 59% larger deposit base in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Important dates coming up:

Nov 4: Presidential election

Nov. 14: Companies must notify Treasury by 5 p.m. EST if they want to apply for the Capital Purchase Program.

Let’s look at the following events and see what similar events for other banks did for their share prices:

1. Capital Purchase Program funds
2. Acquiring deposits from FDIC-seized banks
3. Acquisition of weaker rivals with sizable deposit banks and losses that can be credited to acquirer’s future capital gains.

1. Capital Purchase Program Funds

FITB announced on the 28th that it would receive $3.45 bn in funds from the US Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program (CPP). Under CPP, the Treasury receives senior preferred securities with 5% dividend for first 5 years and 9% thereafter. Shares are callable at par after three years. Furthermore, the Treasury receives 10-year warrants on common stock on 15 percent of the preferred stock investment .

The new funds give FITB options above and beyond their relatively bleak choices prior to the announcement.

According to CNN, Fifth Third had announced in June a capital plan that included raising its capital ratio targets, including a Tier 1 ratio of 8-9 percent. The recent Fed infusion would push Tier 1 to 11.5 percent. FITB’s Chairman/President/CEO Kevin Kabat also indicated that they may postpone plans floated in June to sell “non-core assets”. In other words, the Treasury funds will help them avoid trying to unload assets at fire sale prices.

There was an immediate impact on share prices. FITB was off session lows of $8.15 and was trading at 8.50 when news broke – the stock price jumped 13.5% to $9.65, and then followed the broader market’s large gains to close at $10.76, up 26.5% from levels prior to the news. Tuesday’s price rise translated into a 1.3 billion increase in shareholder equity. The government warrants are callable in 10 years, so their immediate impact is non-dilutive. The preferred shares, while receiving a dividend, are non-convertible, unlike FITB’s June issue of $1.1 bn in convertible preferred stock.

The dividend due to the government on the infusion is about $172.5 m per year. To pay off just this dividend, FITB can either make loans of $2.88 bn ~6%. Subtracting required reserves of $288 m, this leaves $3.16 billion for acquisitions and loan loss reserves. Alternatively, FITB may try to acquire weaker competitors at discounted prices, in the model of PNC’s takeover of National City Corporation at a discount.

Note that this infusion represents a 65% gain on FITB’s asset base, compared with a 28.9% gain on PNC’s asset base. Consequently, I would expect an overall move from 1-2.25 times the size of the move from PNC’s gains.

As a rough estimate, let’s take the $3.16 bn, and subtract the amount by which stock equity has already increased ($1.3 bn). This leaves $1.86 bn. Even if 50% of that goes to loan loss reserves (and is used for that purpose), that still leaves $930 million. And, assuming that FITB finds no better use for it than to sit in a digital safe somewhere, that still represents an increase of 14.8% in net equity (based on Friday’s closing market cap of $6.27 bn). So, very conservatively, I can estimate an additional appreciation of +15%

(Summary: +15-66% because of additional equity capital)

2. Acquiring deposits from FDIC-seized banks

I calculated the impact of the additional deposits relative to existing deposits and assets, and how it could affect net assets (in the unrealistic event that FITB chose to loan out all the cash).

Freedom Bank FITB pct chg 10x ($mm) asset growth potential ($mm)
Deposits ($mm) 254 41604 0.70% 2900 4.13%
assets purchased/ total assets ($mm) 36 67272
FDIC cost ($mm) 80-104

For comparison, I look at a similar action taken in June when Suntrust took over First Priorty bank, also located in Florida.

First Priority Suntrust pct chg 10x ($mm) asset growth potential ($mm)
Deposits ($mm) 227 119800 0.22% 2690 1.52%
assets purchased/ total assets ($mm) 42 177400
FDIC cost ($mm) 72

How did Suntrust perform after that? The chart below illustrates it best.

In terms of raw numbers, it looks like STI appreciated 15.2% over the week prior to the announcement, a premium of 6.4% over XLF (+8.8%) and 13.1% over the S&P500 (+2.1%). On Monday, after the announcement, STI closed for a gain of +1.9%, outperforming XLF and S&P 500 by 2.3% and 2.9%, respectively. Over the week after the announcement, it rose by 8.0%, a premium of 4% over XLF (+4.0%) and 3.5% over the S&P 500 (+4.5%) over the next week.

It’s not to say that all of the Suntrust movement was due to the deposit acquisitions, but a search of news stories indicate that most other important events happened outside that time period. (For example, a disappointing Q2 report happened on Jul 22, while the announcement that the dividend would not be cut happened on Aug 12. (The dividend was subsequently cut on Oct 27.) So, I would argue that at least a large portion of the price action, relative to the overall markets, was in response to this particular piece of news about the acquired deposits. (If talk surrounding the other news did affect the price action this day, then it would’ve affected it negatively, and the analysis would price in even greater gains from the deposit acquisition.)

A comparison to the week’s actions prior to the FDIC announcement for FITB is more complicated, especially since so much news happened. Here’s a chart with some of the important news events highlighted.

During the last week, FITB rose by 28.1%, while XLF rose 14.1% and the S&P by 14%. However, looking at just the action over the last three days, FITB rose only +0.8%, while XLF rose +3% and the S&P 500 fell 2.2%. So while FITB performed 3% better than the S&P over those last few days, it lagged XLF by 2.2%.

I’ll also note that FITB experienced a 6% increase in the last 15 minutes of trading, a full 2% more than XLF and 4% more than the S&P 500. There was a slight pullback after-hours, then another spike after the announcement.

Note that the asset growth potential supplied by the additional deposits is 3 times that enjoyed by Suntrust on a percentage basis. FITB is also taking the deposits at a slight premium (1.16%), while Suntrust took them without one.

Using the STI price action as a guide, we might reasonably expect FITB to outperform XLF by 4% and the S&P 500 by 3.5% over the next week. If I adjust for the last-minute spike, FITB could be expected to outperform XLF by about 2% and lag the S&P 500 by around 0.5%.

(Estimate contribution: +2% rel. XLF; -0.5% rel. SPY)

  1. Acquisition of weaker rivals with sizable deposit banks and losses that can be credited to acquirer’s future capital gains.

As mentioned above, Suntrust probably has at least $3.16 billion of the Treasury CPP funds for acquisitions and loan loss reserves, and potentially more from its recent increase in share equity, its issue of preferred securities, and its spare cash on hand. FITB may try to acquire weaker competitors at discounted prices, in the model of PNC’s takeover of National City Corporation at a discount.

That’s why FITB has the potential for a short-term trade on the long side. Yes, long-term the new deposits and CPP funds will help them make more loans. But in the near-term, it gives them ammunition to take over their weaker neighbors, particularly banks that have (1) sizable deposits, (2) don’t yet have access to CPP funds, and (3) are in trouble because of bad loans. National City Corporation had all three properties, and since the present environment favors the shareholders of the acquirer rather than the target, this spells short-term appreciation for FITB shares.

Note that PNC jumped 3.5% on Friday, Oct 24, while XLF fell 6.5% and the S&P fell 3.5%. The NCC acquisition allowed PNC to outperform by 10% the XLF and 7% the S&P 500. Since the deal was announced, PNC has essentially traced both XLF (0%) and slightly outperformed the S&P 500 (+3%). It is up in nominal terms 17% since the announcement.

It’s difficult for me to estimate how much of the gain was due to the Treasury CPP funds, and how much in response to the acquisition of NCC. I will estimate, as I did above, that the increase in Treasury funds led to an increase in NAV. PNC has assets of $128.3bn; liabilities of $116.3bn, and therefore an equity capital of $12.1 bn. Applying a similar sort of analysis as before, PNC will need to pay about $175m in interest on the preferred shares to the Treasury each year for the next five years. Assuming it can make new loans of about $2.9bn, it needs to set aside $292m for reserves, leaving it with $3.2 bn in additional equity. Applying 50% of that to loan loss reserves, and 50% to shareholder equity, I come up with an increase in equity capital of 26.5%.

PNC’s share price did not jump 26.5%, or anywhere near that amount. The combined value placed by the market is 17%. As a guide, then, only 2/3 of the equity capital increase has been priced in, and none of the increase from what is widely being considered a good acquisition deal for PNC.

Since I don’t know how much of the price increase can be accounted for by each component, I am going to say that the short-term gains from BOTH the CPP funds AND the acquisition of a weaker rival with the three criteria listed above translates into a gain roughly equal to 2/3 of the initial equity capital increase. The market is either pricing in an inability for the new banks to make new loans, keep existing loans current, or successfully acquire rivals at a discount, or otherwise have greater difficulty financing their loans than I have assumed here.

Let me further build in a margin of error by saying that FITB may find a deal only about 60% as good as the NCC deal. This translates into an anticipated increase in FITB of 60% x 66% = 40% of the increase in equity capital supplied by CPP.

This still means that when FITB announces its 60%-as-good-as-PNC’s-NCC deal, FITB’s combined appreciation over its price prior to the CPP announcement should be an increase of 40% from its Tuesday noon price of 8.50, taking it to 11.90. This represents a $1.25 or 11.7% premium over Friday’s close.

Political Risk?

The PNC-NCC deal has caused some uproar in the halls of Congress, so there is some political risk that stricter guidelines might be placed on CPP funds. I’m not sure how difficult it would be to do that retroactively, however. Congress might push through something, but that would be after the Nov 4 elections, and likely after the deadline of Nov 14 for banks to apply to CPP anyway. Based on this, I would assume that retroactive restrictions on CPP funds would be difficult, if not impossible. In the unlikely event that greater restrictions could be made on subsequent tranches of the $700 bn, this would affect new applicants, and therefore put FITB and other early recipients at a relative advantage.

Let’s summarize:

Short-term gain from CPP+acquisition: +11.7%

Short-term gain from acquired deposits: -0.5%

Combined with an expected bump Monday of about -0.5% from the news of new deposits combined with the last-minute rally, and I would anticipate at minimum 11% upside for FITB, corresponding to a share price of $11.93 in the very near term, assuming no market appreciation or depreciation.

Naturally, the price targets increase for broader market gains, and decrease for market losses. Since I anticipate modest losses or gains, I will play it safe and enter into a position at prices below $11.00 and will likely sell out following announcement of an acquisition by FITB.

I would also hurry. Barron’s mentioned FITB in a recent article, and while I would hardly consider buying on news from Barron’s, it will mean that more people will be looking at this stock and coming to similar conclusions.

Disclosure: none, though author intends to be long FITB.

**Disclosure: No positions.**

“Trading a Life” – My Story (Part 1)

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If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know I’ve been very sick the last few years, confined to my home, and learned to trade because of it.  When I heard James “Rev Shark” DePorre’s story of learning to trade after going deaf, losing his job, and his wife, I could relate (except the wife part).  But other than his hearing, I guess Rev’s health was ok.  Mine’s not.  Here’s my story.  I wrote this for a trader friend of mine.  However, it seemed fitting to post it here today, on my birthday, as I reflect on all that has transpired.

Why do we trade? There are as many reasons as there are traders, but the reasons are probably similar. Intrigue, gambling, occupation, and, for a few, because you’re actually great at it. In early 2006, a few months after college, I dipped my toe in the markets for sanity. I traded to escape reality. I traded to have a purpose. I traded so the people on CNBC could keep me company.

I was a complete market retard at first. Didn’t even know how to use Yahoo! Finance. True, in addition to engineering, I majored in mathematical economics, but I never cared much for finance. Only spent an hour per week on finance versus seventy or eighty on engineering. Being an engineer was my dream. Always loved figuring stuff out, having some vision in my mind, then seeing it come to life. Same reason graphic/web design was a hobby- I got to share my visions with others. But finance? Did it because I promised my dad I would.

So you ask, Jeff, why do you trade now? In short, life happened. I was born with asthma as well as severe skin and food allergies. I took a gamble on an immunosuppressant shot to deal with my allergies, hoping for a chance at a normal life. I wanted do what my friends were doing. Brand spanking new careers. Grad schools. Or just going out. But this shot nuked my life. My health, which had been sliding downhill since birth, simply fell off a cliff. My life and dreams went with it.

I looked like I had third degree burns or worse. Not a single clear patch of skin anywhere, only infections and leaking wounds that wouldn’t heal. My system was in chaos. Everything doctors tried made it worse, including the steroids I’d fall back on during emergencies such as this. Painkillers were off limits too. I was constantly itching and in pain. My mind also started to go. I didn’t know who I was, couldn’t comprehend much at times, and had trouble forming coherent speech. It might’ve been side effects from the shot, or simply a hysterical panic attack. I couldn’t cope with my new reality. I couldn’t see tomorrow. Little Orphan Annie stopped singing. Like P.O.W.’s, I felt “broken.” For two years, until a few months ago, I barely left my house, my room, and often had trouble just getting out of my chair.

One afternoon during these “early days” after “the shot,” I halted my channel surfing on CNBC to the screaming of Mad Money’s Jim Cramer. The show was packed with information and, for the first time in months, I didn’t feel brain-dead. At that moment, I became involved with the market. Doesn’t matter what people say about Cramer, even if every call he makes from now on is wrong, Cramer has my deepest gratitude for doing Mad Money that day.

I couldn’t have discovered the markets at a better time. Days get pretty long for someone without a job and can’t run the errands that fill up people’s days. Friends I’d chat with online had moved on with new lives. I woke up at odd hours while my parents were asleep, losing a bit more of my mind everyday as the loneliness set in. The markets gave me something to focus on, and it was accessible online. Like most beginners, I started on Yahoo! Finance. I signed up for way too many newsletters, forums, and even the Wall Street Journal. My dad had bits and pieces left from a portfolio he owned during the tech bubble. This was my starting capital.

I dove into it like every other naïve, innocent novice out there. Just because analysts and newsletters said Caterpillar’s stock was a buy, I believed them. I love the big yellow “CAT” dumptrucks. They were everywhere on National Geographic and Discovery shows! I sold the shattered pieces of MRV Communications my dad still had, and bought Caterpillar, all at once. Yes, everyone knows that’s a very bad idea, but I didn’t. I really didn’t know anything. Seemed ok at the time. The markets kept going up in spring of ’06. Easy! Sure helped my self-confidence and emotions. I thought, maybe I could make a living from my room! I saw other stocks, like Peru’s Southern Copper, go up everyday, much faster than my Caterpillar. China needed a lot of copper to build a city a day? It made sense. I bought the story and the stock. Again, bad idea. I know.

Focusing on the markets helped me get through the day. Any little thing that went my way was a big boost because everyday my health got worse. My body was simply overwhelmed by infections and allergies. I wasn’t handicapped, but my parents had to do everything for me, especially since I couldn’t touch water (hadn’t been able to for years). I was so weak my kneecaps would pop if I forgot to clench my muscles for even a moment. I hobbled to the bathroom or crawled there on my elbows. My skin was rotting, especially on the legs where I had the shots, and considered amputation. I was constantly on edge, uncertain of what I had to face tomorrow. Sometimes I wished I had cancer. At least I’d know what I had.

My sleep schedule was random. When I wake up or pass out was up to my body, not me. I was always exhausted, staying awake for only a few hours. I was mostly nocturnal. Daylight gave me migraines. The daytime heat irritated my rashes and often caused hot flashes.

Everyday I was woken up by pain, then cried out in pain while bandaging myself for the next hour. By the time I was done, my heart felt like it’d go into shock, and I’d collapse in front of the TV. I’d turn on CNBC, watching Squawk Box (3am here on the west coast) or a late replay of Mad Money. The anchors at CNBC were the only people I saw everyday and the only familiar voices I’d hear. They became my “friends”: Joe’s unique sense of humor; Mark’s quirky attitude; Erin’s engaging interviews; Dylan’s intuitive explanations. I even watched WorldWide Exchange from 1-3am. Yes, Ross Westgate in London, someone in California knows who you are!

These wonderful people kept me sane, and I dreaded the weekends when they were off air. When they were, I’d do research mostly by listening than web browsing. My eyelids hurt, and so did my bandaged fingers. I played Jim Cramer’s “Real Money” radio show (which he was still doing at the time) on weekdays, and conference call after conference call on weekends. Boring? No kidding! But I didn’t hurt as much when I had voices to focus on.

The good times making money on Southern Copper lasted for all of two weeks. The markets, especially metals like copper, went down hard in Summer ’06. My plan of buying, holding, making money, and living off of my “investments” suddenly sucked big time. The portfolio was worth less everyday. I couldn’t understand why. The “work” I did for months seemed worthless. (I realize now it’s just part of the job.) I was frustrated I couldn’t talk to the people on CNBC, or anyone, about this. I was angry I couldn’t be up while the markets were open, often thinking “if only…” Even when I was awake, I’d forget what I was doing. As I said, my mind wasn’t always there. This stress wasn’t healthy and I got even sicker. I couldn’t take it anymore. I sold Southern Copper and others I’d lost the most on…at the bottom. By the end of the year, Southern Copper had nearly doubled from where I sold it.

Everyone’s been there. Bought at the top, sold at the bottom, lost money, only to watch it go back up and laugh in your face. I felt worse because it was “my dad’s money.” Like everyone else, I wanted to give up, but I had something going for me. Something more painful than losing money: my reality. I needed the markets to focus on.

My mom said to consider the loss as tuition paid. I had learned a lot. I learned not to get emotionally married to any stock. I learned to sell, to think for myself, and to get back in.

It was impossible to watch the markets all day, even though I was always home. I worked around my unpredictable hours, taking a longer term “investing” view. I bought stocks I wouldn’t be afraid and confused about if they went down while I slept. Going along with my nocturnal hours, I caught up on news in the peace and quiet of the night, away from the market frenzy during the day. I even thought of myself as a “Night Trader,” the slow, languid counterpart of hyperactive “Day Traders.” I still bought and sold when I felt necessary, doing this early in the morning if I could. When there were economic or company announcements, I tried to get up for them. Then I’d pass out again.

Finally by the fall, my health stopped getting worse thanks to help from QiGong (Chinese internal energy exercises). Things weren’t rosy, but they weren’t in freefall anymore. That’s enough sometimes. My health improved a bit, then deteriorated some, but the worst was behind me. My portfolio made up some lost ground too, ending down slightly for 2006. Not bad for my first year, all things considered.

PART 2 COMING TOMORROW

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McDermott Press Release: B&W Positioned for $960 Million in New Defense Contracts

B&W Positioned for $960 Million in New Defense ContractsHOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) (“McDermott”) announced today that its subsidiary, The Babcock & Wilcox Company (“B&W”), has received a new award for the manufacture of nuclear components in support of U.S. defense programs. Under this award, the contracts for 2008 are valued in excess of $230 million. These are the initial contracts under a negotiated set of orders that, if executed, would total more than $960 million between 2008 and 2010.

These awards are in addition to a $1.7 billion series of contracts that B&W previously announced for 2007 to 2009. If the future orders are placed, the total value of the awards for the period of 2007 through 2010 would be approximately $2.7 billion.

The contracts employ a multiple-award approach over a number of years. This system is designed to give the U.S. government cost predictability while providing B&W with additional financial incentives based on performance.

“This multiple-award system provides additional opportunities to load level our manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency and scheduling activities,” said John A. Fees, Chief Executive Officer of McDermott International. “Both parties will benefit from improved efficiencies to control cost and schedule. All of us at McDermott are proud of our work for the government, and we look forward to continuing to provide products of the highest quality.”

The work that is funded by these contracts is conducted by B&W’s subsidiary, Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Nuclear Operations Group’s other locations include Barberton, Ohio; Mount Vernon, Indiana; and Euclid, Ohio.

McDermott is an engineering and construction company, with specialty manufacturing and service capabilities, focused on energy infrastructure. McDermott’s customers are predominantly utilities and other power generators, major and national oil companies, and the United States Government. With its global operations, McDermott operates in over 20 countries with more than 25,000 employees, and can be found on the internet at www.mcdermott.com.

McDermott cautions that statements in this press release which are forward-looking and which provide other than historical information, involve risks and uncertainties that may impact actual results. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about the expected timing and value contracts subject to the award and benefits or opportunities from the award. These statements are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks, including adverse changes in the needs of the U.S. government, the possibility that some of the contracts under the multiple-award system will not be finalized or awarded as expected, or other adverse changes or modifications to the award. If these or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expected. For a more complete discussion of these and other risks involved in our operations, please see McDermott’s most recent annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: McDermott International, Inc.

**Disclosure: I own shares of MDR as of this post.**

Bloomberg: Subprime Collapse to Global Financial Meltdown: Timeline

Where were you on…

Subprime Collapse to Global Financial Meltdown: Timeline
2008-10-13 14:08:40.950 GMT

By Chris Dolmetsch
Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — The following is a timeline of events
that led to the current global financial crisis.

March 5, 2007: HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest bank by
market value, says the U.S. subprime market is “unstable” and
now in a “downturn,” making it the main drag on company
earnings.

March 29, 2007: HSBC Chairman Stephen Green says the U.S.
subprime mortgage services division will be “run down
significantly” as the bank tries to recover from loan losses.

April 2, 2007: New Century Financial Corp., which
specialized in loans to people with poor credit, files
for bankruptcy protection after being overwhelmed by customer
defaults.

July 17, 2007: Investors in two Bear Stearns Cos. hedge
funds that invested in collateralized debt obligations backed by
subprime mortgage loans are told there is no value left in the
funds, wiping out $1.6 billion originally invested.

July 19, 2007: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke
tells the U.S. Senate’s Banking Committee that there may be as
much as $100 billion in losses associated with subprime mortgage
products.

Aug. 9, 2007: BNP Paribas SA, France’s biggest bank,
halts withdrawals from three investment funds because it can’t
“fairly” value their holdings, as concern over U.S. subprime
mortgage losses roils credit markets.

Aug. 22, 2007: Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest U.S.
mortgage lender, sells $2 billion of preferred stock to Bank of
America Corp., the biggest U.S. bank by market value, to bolster
its finances.

Sept. 14, 2007: Northern Rock Plc says the Bank of England
agreed to provide emergency funds to ease a “severe liquidity
squeeze” sparked by U.S. subprime mortgage defaults following
the first run on a British bank in more than a century.

Oct. 9, 2007: U.S. stock indexes rally to records for the
second time in a month after minutes from the Fed allayed
investor concern that the U.S. economy is heading for a
recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index set all-time highs, with the Dow closing at
14,164.53.

Oct. 30, 2007: Merrill Lynch & Co. ousts Stan O’Neal as
chairman and chief executive officer after reporting a $2.24
billion loss, six times bigger than a forecast the firm offered
just three weeks earlier.

Nov. 4, 2007: Citigroup Inc. CEO Charles “Chuck” Prince,
who took over in 2003, steps down after the largest U.S. bank by
assets increased its estimate for mortgage-related writedowns.

Jan. 11, 2008: Bank of America, the biggest U.S. bank by
market value, agrees to buy Countrywide for about $4 billion.

March 14, 2008: Bear Stearns Cos. gets emergency funding
from the U.S. Federal Reserve and JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a run
on the bank depletes its cash reserves in three days.

March 16, 2008: JPMorgan Chase agrees to buy Bear Stearns
for 7 percent of its market value in a sale brokered by the Fed
and the U.S. Treasury.

April 1, 2008: Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the fourth-
largest U.S. securities firm, raises $4 billion from a stock sale
to quell speculation it’s short of capital.

April 9, 2008: Washington Mutual Inc. rejected an offer from
JPMorgan Chase to buy it for as much as $8 a share, or $7
billion, before announcing it received a $7 billion capital
infusion from a group led by TPG Inc., the Wall Street Journal
reports, citing people familiar with the situation.

April 28, 2008: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service starts
distributing tax rebates electronically as part of a $168 billion
economic stimulus plan.

May 31, 2008: Bear Stearns ceases to exist as the
acquisition by JPMorgan is completed.

June 20, 2008: The Dow closes below 12,000.

July 11, 2008: IndyMac Bancorp Inc., the second-biggest
independent U.S. mortgage lender, is seized by federal regulators
after a run by depositors depleted its cash.

July 31, 2008: Nationwide Building Society, Britain’s
fourth-biggest mortgage lender, says U.K. house prices declined
the most in almost two decades in July and consumer confidence
fell to a record low as the economy edged closer to a recession.

Aug. 31, 2008: Commerzbank AG agrees to buy Allianz SE’s
Dresdner Bank for 9.8 billion euros in Germany’s biggest banking
takeover in three years.

Sept. 7, 2008: The U.S. government seizes control of Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies.

Sept. 15, 2008: Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. files the
largest bankruptcy in history, and Bank of America agrees to
acquire Merrill Lynch for about $50 billion.

Sept. 16, 2008: American International Group Inc. accepts an
$85 billion loan from the Fed to avert the worst financial
collapse in history, and the government takes over the company.

Sept. 18, 2008: Lloyds TSB Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest
provider of checking accounts, agrees to buy HBOS Plc, Britain’s
largest mortgage lender, for 10.4 billion pounds.

Sept. 21, 2008: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley
receive approval to become commercial banks regulated by the Fed
as tight credit markets forced Wall Street’s two remaining
independent investment banks to widen their sources of funding.

Sept. 23, 2008: Goldman Sachs says it will raise at least
$7.5 billion from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and
public investors in a bid to quell concerns that pushed up the
Wall Street firm’s borrowing costs and hurt its stock.

Sept. 26, 2008: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
ends a program that monitored securities firms’ capital after
Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, the only companies remaining
under its jurisdiction, became banks overseen by the Fed.

Sept. 26, 2008: The SEC’s inspector general releases a
report asserting that the agency failed in overseeing Bear
Stearns because it knew the firm had “high leverage” and was
too concentrated in mortgage securities before its forced sale to
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sept. 26, 2008: Washington Mutual Inc. is seized by
government regulators and its branches and assets sold to
JPMorgan Chase in the biggest U.S. bank failure in history.

Sept. 27, 2008: Washington Mutual files for bankruptcy
protection.

Sept. 28, 2008: Fortis, the largest Belgian financial-
services firm, receives an 11.2 billion-euro ($16.3 billion)
rescue from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg after
investor confidence in the bank evaporates.

Sept. 29, 2008: The House of Representatives rejects a $700
billion plan to rescue the U.S. financial system, sending the Dow
Jones Industrial Average down 778 points, its biggest point drop
ever. Citigroup agrees to acquire the banking operations of
Wachovia Corp. for about $2.16 billion after shares of the North
Carolina lender collapsed under the weight of overdue mortgages.
Bradford & Bingley Plc, the U.K.’s biggest lender to landlords,
is seized by the government. The Dow closes below 11,000.

Sept. 30, 2008: Dexia SA, the world’s biggest lender to
local governments, gets a 6.4 billion-euro state-backed rescue as
a worsening financial crisis forces policy makers across Europe
to aid ailing banks. Ireland says it will guarantee its banks’
deposits and debts for two years.

Oct. 1, 2008: The U.S. Senate approves a revised version of
the rescue plan that was refashioned to entice enough votes for
passage.

Oct. 3, 2008: The House passes the revised version of the
rescue plan. Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. bank on the West
Coast, agrees to buy all of Wachovia for about $15.1 billion,
trumping Citigroup’s government-assisted offer. U.S. President
George W. Bush signs the rescue plan into law.

Oct. 5, 2008: BNP Paribas SA, France’s biggest bank, will
take control of Fortis’s units in Belgium and Luxembourg after an
earlier government rescue failed to ensure the company’s
stability as the global credit crisis worsened.

Oct. 6, 2008: The Fed says it will double its auctions of
cash to banks to as much as $900 billion and is considering
further steps to unfreeze short-term lending markets as the
credit crunch deepens. The German government and the country’s
banks and insurers agreed on a 50 billion euro ($68 billion)
rescue package for commercial property lender Hypo Real Estate
Holding AG after an earlier bailout faltered. The Dow Jones
Industrial Average falls below 10,000 for the first time in four
years.

Oct. 9, 2008: Citigroup walks away from its attempt to buy
Wachovia, handing victory to Wells Fargo. The Dow Jones falls
below 9,000 for the first time in five years and briefly dips
below 8,000.

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** Disclosure: no positions in the stocks mentioned. **

Historic Day Bouncers

“Historic day” definitely refers to the global coordinated interest rate cut by the U.S., England, Europe, and China- the four most influential economies of our day.  I was joking on my Twitter feed how exciting it was that China joined the “Allied Forces.” Yeah, the rate cuts probably took the world a step back from the cliff of a worldwide deep recession, but the positive benefits of the cuts, if any, probably won’t be felt for months and months.  What mattered more for me today, and probably for those who monitor their investment accounts closely, it was just good to have a day where we weren’t in freefall.  Down 200 on the DOW is never a happy day, especially working off a DOW 9450 base rather than a DOW 13000.  Despite the last hour selloff, there was sustained buying for the later half of the day after the initial selloff.  That was encouraging. People weren’t just letting things free fall anymore.  A lot of stocks were actually up today- stocks that haven’t seen the (green) light of day for quite a while now.  Many of these have been blown back to levels of 2, 3, or more years ago where there was sustained buying interest, so maybe those acted as temporary support as well.

So, I grabbed a stock screen off of FinViz.com (the coolest free financial website) of the stocks that were up today.  These might indicate where some buying interest are, and where long term holders have felt the stocks have gotten back to prices where they’d buy them.  Also, a lot of these stocks were held by liquidating hedge funds and, at least for today, they’ve stopped liquidating.  Doesn’t mean they, or their copycat funds, won’t.  So there’ll likely be a lot of resistance (sellers selling into strength).  But after the bounce today and the sellers do their thing, if these levels can hold I’ll dip into a few of these.

About half the list the screen turned up were basic materials stocks (probably another interest rate cut = lower dollar = higher commodities).  A lot of the basic material stocks were the gold miners, f.y.i.

Screen: Market Cap Over $300mln, Relative Volume over 1.5x average

No. Ticker Company Sector Industry Country Market Cap P/E Price Change Volume
1 ABX Barrick Gold Corporation Basic Materials Gold Canada 31.13B 16.77 35.71 17.08% 29,922,500
2 AEM Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. Basic Materials Gold Canada 7.26B 63.14 50.51 12.97% 7,672,300
3 ANR Alpha Natural Resources Inc. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals USA 2.79B 24.01 39.62 10.79% 8,357,600
4 CAM Cameron International Corporation Basic Materials Oil & Gas Equipment & Services USA 6.21B 11.94 28.54 8.11% 11,076,900
5 AU AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Basic Materials Gold South Africa 5.56B - 19.71 19.53% 3,736,000
6 AUY Yamana Gold, Inc. Basic Materials Gold Canada 5.25B 24.23 7.51 18.83% 34,883,100
7 CF CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Basic Materials Agricultural Chemicals USA 3.24B 4.91 57.31 11.52% 9,480,800
8 CNX CONSOL Energy Inc. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals USA 6.77B 38.49 36.95 11.26% 11,352,900
9 FCX Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Basic Materials Copper USA 16.36B 5.45 42.60 10.11% 33,631,000
10 GBN Great Basin Gold Ltd. Basic Materials Nonmetallic Mineral Mining Canada 340.85M - 1.61 11.03% 1,624,300
11 GFI Gold Fields Ltd. Basic Materials Gold South Africa 5.84B 10.16 8.94 32.05% 14,869,400
12 GG Goldcorp Inc. Basic Materials Gold Canada 22.10B 45.62 31.02 19.72% 30,307,500
13 GOLD Randgold Resources Ltd. Basic Materials Gold Channel Islands 3.17B 74.29 41.60 22.79% 2,454,100
14 HMY Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. Basic Materials Gold South Africa 4.29B - 10.66 34.77% 8,845,900
15 HSVLY HIGHVELD STEEL ADR Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals South Africa 1.19B 8.65 12.02 9.57% 35,700
16 KGC Kinross Gold Corp. Basic Materials Gold Canada 9.97B 31.76 16.20 18.94% 19,087,400
17 KWK Quicksilver Resources Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas USA 1.95B 3.96 12.29 8.76% 6,945,500
18 LIHR Lihir Gold Ltd. Basic Materials Gold Papua New Guinea 34.77B - 18.30 10.17% 1,753,200
19 MON Monsanto Co. Basic Materials Agricultural Chemicals USA 44.79B 23.88 81.44 9.79% 27,036,900
20 NEM Newmont Mining Corp. Basic Materials Gold USA 16.95B 533.29 37.33 14.83% 16,291,200
21 POT Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. Basic Materials Agricultural Chemicals Canada 30.07B 15.60 98.60 13.52% 32,992,400
22 PXP Plains Exploration & Production Company Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas USA 2.56B 5.24 23.75 9.45% 8,448,400
23 RGLD Royal Gold Inc. Basic Materials Gold USA 1.35B 59.30 39.73 16.00% 1,218,000
24 RRC Range Resources Corp. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas USA 4.75B 78.56 30.64 9.27% 8,418,600
25 SD SandRidge Energy, Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration USA 2.31B - 13.97 11.40% 10,866,200
26 SSRI Silver Standard Resources Inc. Basic Materials Silver Canada 835.66M - 13.33 10.53% 1,579,300
27 WLT Walter Industries Inc. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals USA 2.02B 16.63 36.26 10.62% 5,429,000
28 XCO EXCO Resources Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas USA 1.74B - 8.26 7.97% 8,203,600
29 SYT Syngenta AG Basic Materials Agricultural Chemicals Switzerland 17.06B 12.17 36.02 7.14% 2,604,100
30 SPW SPX Corporation Consumer Goods Appliances USA 2.61B 7.57 48.13 7.72% 4,776,500
31 FBN Furniture Brands International Inc. Consumer Goods Home Furnishings & Fixtures USA 459.11M - 9.41 8.41% 1,899,900
32 GGP General Growth Properties Inc. Financial REIT – Retail USA 1.45B 21.60 5.40 20.00% 17,753,200
33 CBL CBL & Associates Properties Inc. Financial REIT – Retail USA 717.03M 22.06 10.81 19.84% 4,246,600
34 AOC Aon Corporation Financial Accident & Health Insurance USA 11.78B 20.10 42.42 8.27% 5,080,100
35 STT State Street Corp. Financial Regional – Northeast Banks USA 18.82B 10.43 43.60 9.14% 14,257,900
36 SLG SL Green Realty Corp. Financial REIT – Retail USA 2.85B 21.24 49.07 8.25% 1,763,200
37 RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Financial Foreign Money Center Banks United Kingdom 18.54B - 1.85 24.16% 14,986,300
38 XIDE Exide Technologies Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment USA 384.13M 7.61 5.10 7.37% 3,115,100
39 FLS Flowserve Corp. Industrial Goods Diversified Machinery USA 3.66B 9.93 63.84 12.12% 3,258,400
40 MELI Mercadolibre, Inc. Services Business Services Argentina 853.91M 77.12 19.28 8.50% 1,748,800
41 IRM Iron Mountain Inc. Services Business Services USA 5.51B 37.44 27.33 11.37% 2,735,600
42 DISH Dish Network Corp. Services CATV Systems USA 8.19B 8.54 18.19 7.44% 7,346,700
43 YRCW YRC Worldwide Inc. Services Trucking USA 362.01M - 6.32 26.91% 7,084,900
44 SYNA Synaptics Inc. Technology Business Software & Services USA 801.19M 31.26 23.76 10.05% 2,927,800
45 RHT Red Hat Inc. Technology Application Software USA 2.80B 38.55 14.65 8.76% 3,889,700
46 NTCT NetScout Systems Inc. Technology Business Software & Services USA 376.22M - 9.60 21.21% 745,100
47 PCLN Priceline.com Inc. Technology Internet Service Providers USA 2.47B 14.43 63.51 10.74% 3,897,600
48 PEGA Pegasystems Inc. Technology Business Software & Services USA 398.94M 39.25 10.99 7.43% 178,600
49 WFR MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. Technology Semiconductor – Integrated Circuits USA 5.19B 8.07 22.99 11.12% 10,347,800
50 DASTY Dassault Systemes SA Technology Technical & System Software France 5.35B 19.01 45.25 8.93% 54,400
51 CLS Celestica Inc. Technology Printed Circuit Boards Canada 1.20B 10.92 5.24 8.94% 3,341,700
52 CNQR Concur Technologies, Inc. Technology Technical & System Software USA 1.56B 92.88 31.58 7.78% 1,970,100
53 ARBA Ariba Inc. Technology Internet Software & Services USA 942.45M - 10.96 8.51% 2,530,800
54 ATML Atmel Corp. Technology Semiconductor – Broad Line USA 1.84B 103.00 4.12 8.71% 7,950,700
55 CBR CIBER, Inc. Technology Information Technology Services USA 337.29M 11.26 5.63 7.85% 666,500
56 CEL Cellcom Israel Ltd. Technology Wireless Communications Israel 2.97B 10.86 30.40 7.61% 414,700
57 LDK LDK Solar Co.Ltd. Technology Diversified Electronics China 2.29B 8.49 21.48 11.18% 4,630,500
58 FORM FormFactor Inc. Technology Semiconductor – Broad Line USA 816.85M - 16.65 12.27% 1,462,600
59 BRKS Brooks Automation Inc. Technology Semiconductor Equipment & Materials USA 464.21M - 7.30 7.20% 1,201,400
60 AYE Allegheny Energy Inc. Utilities Electric Utilities USA 5.08B 9.90 30.10 8.63% 7,126,500

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**Disclosure: no positions in stocks mentioned.**