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1. Sold Walgreen After a Nice Six-Week Run


By Brian Gilmartin
12:11 P.M. EDT

We sold the majority of our Walgreen ( WAG) today after a nice six- to eight-week run off the low $20s. Walgreen will report April '09 sales next week and the stock is struggling here around its 200-day moving average and the downward sloping trend line off the October '07 high.

After putting in a double bottom in the low $20s in both October '08 and March '09, we bought Walgreen for a bunch of accounts and the trade worked well, for between a 15% to 25% gain in the last six to eight weeks. We remain long one low cost basis position from June 1997 at $12.66 per share.

We'd love to try and repurchase Walgreen on a retrace to the $25 to $26 area. The new CEO is doing the right things though; Greg Wasson has boosted margins, managed expenses better and Walgreen reported its best quarter ever of cash-flow from operations in late March '09.

Long Walgreen.

2. Whirlpool Up Big; Still Cautious


By Eric Jackson
11:31 AM EDT

Earlier this morning, I expressed surprise that Whirlpool ( WHR) was trading down in premarket after it released quarterly numbers. With cost controls, the company posted a slight profit instead of a loss as the market expected. I expected a big rally, given how that kind of news has been received lately by the market.

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