Well, it seems word has leaked out. Yes, your favorite
columnists will now be doing a TV gig on the
Fox News Channel
. Also, some of your less-than-favorite columnists will also be appearing. But, whatever camp I happen to fall in, I will be making a regular contribution, talking about charts and stocks -- and sometimes even both at the same time!
I know, you're delighted, aren't you? Yeah, I am too, because I was reading what guys like
pull in, and I'm thinking pretty soon, I'm going to be making a
of money. Also, I'll probably be hangin' with
Party of Five
kids (I have it on good authority that
Jennifer Love Hewitt
has a crush on me. It'll probably destroy her when she finds out I'm married -- and that I am old enough to be her dad!). But, here's my promise: I will remember you little people! (But when I'm getting my
, please don't run up and ask for my autograph. I really hate that.)
Anyway, because I'm now basically a media star, I thought I'd give you a few pointers on how to watch my segment like an expert. If I use advanced TV Star lingo, I apologize in advance.
If I look like a complete doofus, trust me, it's on purpose. You see, whispering in my ear via a special TV Star ear piece is
TV producer Gary B. Schreier. (I know, typical groupie!) And in our rehearsals, he's always saying, "Adam Lashinsky is looking dull. Please, so no one notices, could you look dull also?" And being the team player that I am, I comply. So remember, any doofus looks are completely staged!
If I have cotton mouth, slur my words or fumble about badly, keep in mind that English is not my native language! Yes, unbeknownst to many people, I was raised by sheepherders in the hills of Svetchlanian. And, occasionally, when I'm struggling with a difficult concept, I unknowingly revert to my native tongue. So, what sounds like garbled English is really very good Svetchlanish.
If my analysis of a certain chart makes no sense at all or I am proven wrong within 24 hours, that is not my fault. No, that would be the fault of the key grip. Or the gaffer. Or my personal assistant, who will be appear in the credits as "Personal Assistant to Gary B. Smith."
I am really
better looking in person. In fact, I am, humbly, a hunk. Just ask Jennifer Love Hewitt!
OK, that's probably enough to get you started. Remember, I am now a TV Star who is comfortable with these difficult concepts. But hang in there. With studious effort and diligent watching, you too will be able to enjoy my frequent TV appearances.
In the News/Reader Requests
OK, enough about that. Let's jump right into some charts in the news and reader requests. Both, this week, fall into the same category:
. Now here's a stock -- the dot-com of its time -- that's been trading more like
lately. But in typical cyclical fashion, computer chips are now hot again. And, so is Intel.
then chimed in with the yang to Intel's ying:
Can I go a week without talking about the Internet stuff? Apparently not, nor, do I suppose, should I. What's frustrating though, is that sites like
, the e-tailers like
and the portals are getting all the attention. Maybe they'll be here next year, maybe they won't. Much depends on the fickle path of viewer interest.
On the other hand, sites may come and go, but we know the Internet infrastructure will still be there. That's why I was heartened to get
question on some of those plays. Stocks like
are some of the most exciting plays in the Net sector. For details, check out some of Andy Kessler's and Jim Seymour's
For now, let me pass on USinternetworking. It's still relatively fresh from its initial public offering, so I'll give it a chance to build some history. Verio and Exodus are interesting, though.
shows he is a student of
, but alas, not a graduate!
Gary, I have to admit I am not much on technical analysis. Yet, I feel strangely drawn to read your every article and find them to be the second-best (sorry, but I really enjoy Cramer) part of
. With that slightly degraded compliment, could I ask you for a chart analysis of Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX) ?
Uh, gee Wayne, how could I say no?
And that, folks, is a wrap! Whoops, sorry to slip into TV Star lingo. What I mean is, see you tomorrow with more of this chart stuff.
Editor's note: "TheStreet.com" debuts on Fox News Channel at 10 a.m. EDT July 17, featuring host Brenda Buttner, James Cramer, Herb Greenberg, Dave Kansas, Adam Lashinsky and, of course, Gary B. Smith.
Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. At time of publication, he held no positions in any securities mentioned in this column, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Smith writes five technical analysis columns for TheStreet.com each week, including Technician's Take, Charted Territory and TSC Technical Forum. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he welcomes your feedback at