Saturday Special: Stocks and Bond Villains

Microsoft, Campbell Soup, National Discount Brokers, plus Oddjob, Jaws, Goldfinger and more.
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The Bondophiles have spoken!

Last week, I asked for nominations for best Bond villain. Many nominations came in, including

Donald Pleasence

as Blofeld,

Harold Sakata

as Oddjob, and

Richard Kiel

as Jaws.

But, I defer to astute reader

Dave Evans

who, along with a few others, nailed not only my favorite villain, but my favorite line:

"How about Auric Goldfinger, played by

Gert Frobe

? The classic Goldfinger. Any movie with Pussy Galore, Oddjob (nice dome-wear) and this exchange with Bond (with a laser pointed at his groin) -- 'Do you expect me to talk?' Goldfinger: 'No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.' -- has to be the best," he writes.

Dave also mentioned the classic Goldfinger-Bond golf match. Therefore, this week's question: What course was it played on?

So, what's this have to do with technical analysis? Um, nothing really. Just biding my time until swim season starts up again.

Questions? Charts? The name is Smith, Gary B. Smith at

technicalforum@thestreet.com.

Down With the DOT

Would you have a gander at the TheStreet.com Internet Sector index? I think it's topped out (as of Aug. 27), and I have gone short Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report, DoubleClick (DCLK) and eBay (EBAY) - Get Report based on that. -- Steve Cinquegrana

CMDL Breakout Breaking Down

Could you take a look at Comdial (CMDL) ? The volume was up significantly yesterday and today and the spikes seem to indicate something is happening. -- Dorothy Donelson

Lotte Confidence in PA

Best Bond Film actress: Lotte Lenya. Close second : Robert Shaw as Red Grant. TA stock question: Pimco Advisors (PA) . -- William Duke

William,

Red Grant was a close second in the balloting, so I'll give the nod to PA.

NDB -- Not!

I consider myself to be a fundamentalist (not in the religious sense), but I really enjoy your presentations. I've noticed something lately that proves that you guys kick ass -- putting good product on the table on Friday night (or early Saturday morning). Most Web sites don't realize that they are trying to take market share away from the networks, so they go dormant after 4 p.m. on Friday. This is primetime! I just got my results from the CFA Level 1 (took for the first time), and I didn't pass. I'm really bummed, but it's good to have something worthwhile to read when I get home. I'm typically a value investor, but you guys always surprise, so I'm going to start taking a position in TheStreet.com (TSCM) as a long-term investment. I've had really good luck trading National Discount Brokers (NDB) the last couple weeks. (I'm not a purist.) I thought yesterday was very interesting in that the discount brokerages were one of the only things that were up. I began using NDB on the touch-tone about five years ago when I first started investing and I am extremely loyal. I started out playing it as an arbitrage, so to speak, because it was lagging E*Trade (EGRP) on the way up and then it would always catch up by the end of the session. Over the past few weeks, it has seemed to be "hotter" than EGRP. I think this is because it is much cheaper in terms of price-to-sales. Would you do a TA on NDB at some point? -- Matt Felix

Matt,

We always appreciate the nice words, so thanks. Here's NDB.

Mister Softee Fights Back

Would you try to fit Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report into one of your columns? I bought at an average of 84 recently, but can't get a handle on where it may be going from here. I'm siding with the fundamentals for now, but those are a little fuzzy at this time too. -- John Smith

Not Into INTU

Intuit (INTU) - Get Report turned up at the end of the week. Does it need to clear its old high -- and which one? Or does the recent break of the trend line suffice? Best Bond bad guy? My fave is Robert Shaw. The worst were Christopher Walken/Grace Jones from the terrible Roger Moore era. (Have you warmed up to Pierce Brosnan yet?) -- Scott Womack

Scott,

We're in agreement on that dreadful Roger Moore era. As for Brosnan, well, he just seems to be trying too hard. However, he made an excellent

Thomas Crown

!

In the Soup

What is going on with Campbell Soup (CPB) - Get Report? Any chance for an upside breakout? -- Stephen Kabak

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

gbsmith@ibm.net.