Let me go hide in some CMGI (CMGI) ; this tape has gotten too risky. Ah, the irony! My screen is peppered with red, except for its green Net oasis. Today is truly a screwy day. Utilities down big, bonds up big? Gillette (G) - Get Report down 8; Sun (SUNW) - Get Report up 12? What's wrong with this picture?
Earlier today, I saw someone sell out-of-the-money
calls. They were way out of the money, some 50 points out of the money. The premium the seller got was huge, beefy: I had this image of corn-fed marbleized fat, dripping with plaque-clogging enzymes.
And I wanted to buy that call. I wanted to take that buyer. But then I looked at my calendar and remembered that I only have a handful of days -- that early expiration is a killer -- and I didn't do the trade.
Wrong! The DOT has been screaming even as the rest of the market looks terrible. You just can't sell DOT out-of-the-money calls, close your eyes, hold your nose and wait till expiration. They'll do you in every time.
Not hurting the DOT was some PR firm's absurd "Major Internet Announcement" blurb that came over the wires. That sent everybody scrambling to buy any Net names with the exception of
, which has gone down ever since the announcement, presumably because it has done work with the agency that issued the statement.
Yeah, really weird day.
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