Current Financial News

Jump on the (BIDU) Train?

BIDUChina's Google, (NASDAQ:BIDU) is up 15% after hitting a 52-week low yesterday.  BIDU lowered its Q4 outlook but traders could care less, they are buying like crazy.  So is the Baidu Bounce just that, a bounce and nothing else?

North American Palladium Ltd. (Public, AMEX:PAL) jumped 60% today, rising from $1.01 a share all the way up to $1.61. North American Palladium is a producer of platinum group metals (PGMs). If you've been following metals prices, you know that Platinum and Palladium has had an abysmal year in 2008. Just check out this brutal 1 year chart for Palladium per ounce.

So why is PAL up 60%, when Platinum is at a 5 year low?


It's Debbie Downer Time

Fortune Magazine posted this article with "8 of the market's sharpest thinkers".

The first is Nouriel Roubini, known as Dr. Doom, the NYU economics professor saw the mortgage-related meltdown coming, super and this helps me how?

Return of the Mack and the FXI

Mark Morrison - Return of the MackChinese Stocks are Back, they have been for a while, and between us and covering the comeback, you already know this.  However, once too many kids get in the pool, the party could come to end, but until then..Return of the Mack.

Sirius XM at 15 Cents a Share?

Sirius XM at 15 CentsSirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) recently hit 8 Cents a share, today its at 15 Cents a share.  Yes that would be one dime and one nickel in value.  How did this happen, can it go lower?  One thing is for sure, Howard must be loving those stock options.

Thoratec Corporation (THOR) is gapping up

It’s time to switch things up a little bit here at the StockMasters, with a stock like Thoratec Corporation (Public, NASDAQ:THOR). Lately, all we’ve been doing is bargain hunting – understandable with so many bargain stocks out there.  However, today we’re going to switch gears and take a look at a stock that’s hit a new 52 week high.

There was some volatility in October, but other than that the chart is a site for sore eyes in times when most charts look like there is no bottom in site.

THOR 1 year chart:

K-Fed the DumbshitTons of Bottom Callers out today saying "the worst is over, the S&P is at a bottom, my pants look cool".  Okay, so let's watch the market for a few days, if it sticks, great, we'll all get on board, until then, K-Fed is a great Dad.

It's all over the news today, the White House is saying the Auto Deal is 'very likely'. Daniel Gross at Slate wrote a great post on this last week, courtesty of Slate:


Here we go again. The CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are headed back to Washington to ask for congressional help. But this time, they're driving instead of flying their corporate jets. And this time, they've submitted detailed business plans describing how they would use some $34 billion in taxpayer loans to tide them over for the next few years. Ford CEO Alan Mulally has made a video.


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