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Out of Trading Shorts and Into Small Longs
By Doug Kass
1:23 p.m. EDT I am a buyer of what represents value and a seller of what represents merchandise that is dear. As one who does not worship at the altar of price momentum, I am seeing some developing values in the market.
Commodity Swap Bumps and Bruises
By Howard Simons
11:59 a.m. EDT There has been some mention made of how rogue traders and fat-fingered mistake-makers can wreak havoc with the economics of fuel users. This is only true at the narrowest of margins. A typical fuel hedge contract is a geometrically weighted index swap where the index itself is a formula based on a basket of competing fuels. The geometric weighting scheme minimizes the impact of one-day outliers. As a refresher, an arithmetic average over 10 days is the sum of the 10 prices divided by 10. A geometric average is the product of the 10 prices taken to the tenth root. If anyone decides to buy or sell an airline stock based on some overnight goofball's trading miscue, please do so and end my search for this year's Darwin Award winner. No positions.