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Jim Booth


Wednesday, May 23, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The Winning Streak Comes To An End
After six consecutive positive days, the NASDAQ took a break from its impressive rally.

Monday, May 21, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Open Season on Bears
Critically wounded and limping into the sunset, bears are under continued attack.

Monday, May 14, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Can the Fed Break the Trading Doldrums?
The market was characterized by more listless trading today, as all eyes are focused upon tomorrow's FOMC meeting.

Monday, May 07, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
And Then They Rested
There are very strong arguments (as always) for buying and selling and this resulted in a very narrow trading range for the major markets today.

Wednesday, May 02, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The Quick and the Nearly Dead
The story of the week has been the rally in technology stocks, particularly in the stocks of networking, semiconductors and Internet companies.

Monday, April 30, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Another Rotation Monday
The end of the earnings season appears to be giving way to the portfolio adjustment process.

Monday, April 23, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The Power of Perception
We are nearing the end of the first quarter earnings release period.

Monday, April 16, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
A Mixed Start
Technology stock traders were a bit nervous today.

Monday, April 09, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Treading Water
Today's action saw a decided lack of conviction from bears and bulls alike.

Monday, April 02, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
New Quarter, More of the Same?
Spring is here.

Monday, March 26, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The NYSE Bargain Barn
The sideline cash jumped to the floor of the NYSE today lending further credence to the theory that the triple symbol stocks may have put in a significant bottom last week.

Monday, March 19, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Waking up the Bull
Only hindsight will tell us for sure when the market finally reached a bottom.

Monday, March 12, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Pouncing Bears, Hidden Bulls
The general Investor's Intelligence sentiment indicators are still bullish.

Monday, March 05, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Escaping the Cold
It may be March but the bears went back into hibernation for the second consecutive Monday.

Monday, February 26, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
According to the classic Carly Simon song, anticipation is something that is making us wait, but market participants are not waiting.

Monday, February 12, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Love is in the Air
This Wednesday we will show our appreciation for those we love.

Monday, January 22, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Just Marking Time
Investors staggered into the new week with a little selling, mustered a minor rally, took tiny profits and went home. Maybe they thought we were enjoying the second three-day weekend in a row.

Monday, January 08, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Caution Dominates the Markets
The NASDAQ held critical technical support today at 2,300.

Wednesday, January 03, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
One for the Ages
New Years Eve revelers put away their party hats too early because Greenspan and company sparked a rally of unprecedented strength with a surprise Fed funds rate cut of a half point and a quarter point cut in the discount rate.

Monday, December 18, 2000 |  by: Jim Booth
Betting On The Fed
There was a solid rally today among those stocks that should benefit from the Federal Reserve's FOMC tomorrow.

Monday, December 11, 2000 |  by: Jim Booth
A Resolution Is Near
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from the lawyers representing both presidential candidates today.

Monday, December 04, 2000 |  by: Jim Booth
The Storm Clouds Dissipated
Impatient bulls crawled out of the "Bushes" today, as the Supreme Court issued a statement that can be best interpreted as a small victory for the George W. Bush.

Monday, November 27, 2000
Bulls Trampled Again
Attempts to stage a meaningful rally were sabotaged by Wall Street's erstwhile analysts.

Monday, November 20, 2000
Enough Already!
The continuing saga that is the Presidential Election is still weighing heavily upon the stock market.

Monday, November 13, 2000
The 3000 Fixation
It would be nice to be able to blame the Presidential candidates for this most recent market slide.

Wednesday, November 08, 2000
The Waiting is the Hardest Part
With apologies to Tom Petty, market participants used the uncertainty of the unprecedented Presidential election to peel off shares of stocks that had staged a recent comeback.

Monday, October 30, 2000
Tech Stocks Pummeled, Again
Lehman Brothers threw a wrench in the gears of the technology stock rally today by issuing a negative statement about Cisco Systems (CSCO).

Monday, October 23, 2000
Time for Hibernation
Winter is approaching and it may just be time for all the little bears to quietly slink off to their dens for their annual October to March hibernation.

Monday, October 16, 2000
Cease Fire, Day Two
Peace negotiations combined with severe oversold conditions have resulted in the second day of a moratorium on bull hunts.

Monday, October 02, 2000
The Quarterly Trend
The fourth quarter was ushered in today and some interesting trends were possibly revealed.

Monday, September 25, 2000
The Follow Through Falls Flat
The markets attempted to carry Friday's momentum into the new week.

Monday, September 11, 2000
An Ugly Start to Expiration Week
The technology stock swoon continued today, as traders let September's reputation for being brutal to bulls get to them.

Monday, August 28, 2000
A Stealth Rally
Summer is winding down and whatever players are left are filling their time with selective buying.

Monday, August 21, 2000
Summertime Clues
Stock trading was extremely lackluster today ahead of tomorrow's FOMC meeting.

Monday, August 14, 2000
Sleepy Bulls
Certainly, the most intriguing story of the day was the across-the-board rally in stocks.

Monday, August 07, 2000
The Giants are Starting to Rumble
For years, the health of the market has been defined by the strength of these leaders who have lagged recent advances.

Monday, July 24, 2000
Box Breakers
If sales of PCs slump, that means there are fewer semiconductor chips required.

Monday, July 17, 2000
Inertia Taking Hold
When a market makes a major move sometimes it will slowly roll to a stop, rather than just sharply reversing course.

Wednesday, July 12, 2000
Yahoo! and Yeehaw!
These are the sounds that could be heard as traders plunged sidelined cash into the merry market based upon solid numbers released by the Internet bellwether.

Monday, July 03, 2000
A Little Holiday Boom
Welcome to round three of what has been a memorable year for equities.

Monday, June 26, 2000
Just Another FOMC Monday
We have certainly seen this pattern before - a big relief rally before the Fed makes their announcement concerning interest rates.

Monday, June 12, 2000
The Trading Game
Trading is at the forefront of this market again as it appears that the sideline cash that was willing to be put back to work was utilized last week and we are left with sector rotation and individual stock trading to guide our attempts for short-term profits.

Wednesday, June 07, 2000
Desperately Seeking a Trend
Wednesday was a mirror image of Tuesday as skittish traders continue to immediately react to minor news.

Monday, June 05, 2000
Another Day Off
The markets made very little progress in either direction today as investors acted as if they were enjoying their second consecutive three day weekend.

Sunday, June 04, 2000
What Will They Do For an Encore?
We have just completed the best one-week rally in the history of the NASDAQ and it was a holiday-shortened week!

Sunday, May 28, 2000
A Time to Reflect
Or perhaps genuflect to the awesome forces of the market.

Monday, May 22, 2000
Meltdown Avoided...For Now
They certainly tried to kill the market today but some encouraging volume came in late to push us back over the April lows.

Sunday, May 21, 2000
The Inflation Storm
The skies are filled with dark churning cumulonimbus clouds and all of the little creatures of the stock market forest are cowering in their sheltered dens.

Monday, May 15, 2000
Finally the Wait is Over!
We at least got half of what we have been looking for today as the markets staged a solid rally to start the week.

Monday, May 08, 2000
Tempus Fugit
Is it August already?

Monday, May 01, 2000
Come on in, the Water is Fine...
said the shark to the plump bather.

Sunday, April 30, 2000
The Big Picture
There are numerous factors at work in the market.

Monday, April 24, 2000
Microsquish Revisited
Was that it? Did we see the final capitulation today?

Sunday, April 23, 2000
The Earnings Dump
It is hard to imagine that the largest two day rally in NASDAQ history may not be the biggest news item of the week for tech traders.

Monday, April 17, 2000
Doctor! It Has a Pulse!
Our amoral mistress again reached out to embrace us as the stock market staged a solid rally off of last week's severe punishment.

Monday, April 10, 2000
The Pundits Rule
We are in a land of little Caesar's.

Wednesday, April 05, 2000
Kiddies in the Candy Store?
Like kids on allowance day, many traders picked up their favorite tasty treats on the open.

Monday, April 03, 2000
Despite being placed in the DOW, Microsoft is still clearly considered the leader of the technology laden NASDAQ.

Monday, March 27, 2000
A Little "Dressing" Please with that Profit Salad!
The first wave of indicative behavior came last week following triple witching.

Monday, March 20, 2000
To Diverge or Converge, That is the Question.
Traders were cautiously optimistic that the markets would return to their first quarter form Monday, based on Friday's NASDAQ performance relative to the DOW.

Monday, March 13, 2000
"Boing!" "Splat!" Sounds of the Market
This is getting ridiculous.

Monday, February 28, 2000
A Love Affair With Five Digits
What is it about 10,000 that makes traders swoon?


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Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 15
Krispy Kreme (KKD) splits 2:1

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 21
Radian Group (RDN) splits 2:1

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 19
FuelCell Energy (FCEL) splits 2:1

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 19
SunGard Data Systems (SDS) splits 2:1
Diagnostic Products (DP) splits 2:1
Shuffle Master (SHFL) splits 3:2
Fred's Inc. (FRED) splits 5:4
Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) splits 3:2

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 18
Genesee & Wyoming (GNWR) splits 3:2
International Bancshares (IBOC) splits 5:4
Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) splits 7:5



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