We are just churning. And burning. The bonds don't work. Heaven knows when they will. People are extrapolating weak personal computers from Micron (MU) - Get Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) Report -- right or wrong -- because yesterday Michael Dell was talking about strong PCs. But in this market, whoever speaks last controls!
At the same time, the market only has room today for zero-sum thinking.
gets a contract, so people bang down
. Don't look at me; I am not doing it.
not rallying on that great quarter, so all brokerages get taken out and shot. (Our enemies, the bonds, aren't helping there.) And Latin America is getting crushed on talk of a 50-basis-point boost, an inoculation that might actually give them the disease.
gives back what it made.
wilts lower. So far, a real bummer.
Random late-night musings
: Maybe if
had made a couple of those foul shots. Maybe if
would periodically be called for goal-tending. Maybe if
were human instead of a basket-making automaton. Just maybe, the market would act better today.
Yes, the mood is foul on Wall Street, not least because almost everybody involved with an order is miserable because of last night's potentially terminal loss by the
. Hold it, before you email me and accuse me of being New York-centric, first of all, I am from Philadelphia. Second, I canvassed enough people in the business last night at the
to know that traders are in a sour mode, not a buy mode. Bizarrely, both Mr. Method
and Mr. Emotion (me) are noticing that same hangover from last night stinking up this market.
Weird, cosmic, and strangely, very true.
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