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S.P. Brown


Wednesday, May 16, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Three Cuts and a Bump
No, I'm not referring to a bad outing with a dull razor.

Sunday, May 13, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
All Good Things Must End
With that cliché in mind, you knew the market's recent winning streak would eventually end, which it did on Friday when all three major indices finished in the red.

Wednesday, May 09, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
The Cisco Skid
According to an old investor aphorism, there are two kinds of businesses in this world: ones that have trouble and ones that are going to have trouble.

Sunday, May 06, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Markets Survive And Then Thrive
A bear-market trap or the beginning of a bull-market?

Sunday, April 29, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
No More Chicken Little
Maybe things really are not that bad after all, at least if you trust last week's slate of economic data sets.

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Markets Reverse Course
In Sunday's commentary I said that the equity markets would likely trade flat to down this week.

Sunday, April 22, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Time Out
And who wouldn't need one after running like the equity markets have over the past 10 days?

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Fed Speaks, Wall Street Listens
Well, the Street finally got what it wanted today -- an inter-FOMC meeting interest rate cut, and the response was as swift as it was bullish.

Wednesday, April 11, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Chip Flip
So who do you believe, Lehman Brothers' Dan Niles or Salomon Smith Barney's Jonathan Joseph?

Sunday, April 08, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Back To Square One
The streak ends at two; that is, if you can call it a streak at all.

Wednesday, April 04, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Stocks Go On A Wild Ride
Few, though, took a wilder ride than Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU).

Sunday, April 01, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Prelude To A Rally?
Okay, so maybe I am jumping the gun, but for the second consecutive week, the three major indices closed a Friday in the black.

Wednesday, March 28, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Everybody Down
After today's abysmal trading session, I figure I'd go with a diametrically opposed title to Splittrader's Sunday commentary title of "Everybody Up."

Sunday, March 25, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Everybody Up
Finally, traders and investors had a reason to tip a few back on a Friday evening.

Wednesday, March 21, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Dow Makes for Bear Territory
It was only a matter of time.

Sunday, March 18, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
One For The Ages
The South Sea Company and the Mississippi Company have nothing on today's technology sector.

Sunday, March 11, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Public Flagellation
"It's déjà vu all over again," so supposedly said the king of the malapropism Yogi Berra.

Wednesday, March 07, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Dear Abbey Keeps the Rally Rolling
Abbey Joseph Cohen gave her two-cents on the state of the stock market today, and traders liked what they heard.

Sunday, March 04, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
You knew it was only a matter of time before the last of the big-cap tech stocks would raise the white flag.

Wednesday, February 28, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
We're No Angells
And thank goodness for that.

Sunday, February 25, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
So Much For Support
To say equity markets have performed miserably over the past week is to say Tony Stewart had a minor fender-bender in last Sunday's Daytona 500.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Back to Basics
Hard to believe this time last year Warren Buffett was being publicly flogged for eschewing the tech gravy train.

Sunday, February 18, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Nortel Et Al. Spook Telecom Investors
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you.

Wednesday, February 14, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Reprise?
Nah, it wasn't that bad.

Sunday, February 11, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Tech Issues Continue to Torture Traders
Boy, talk about a week to forget.

Wednesday, February 07, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Cisco Sideswipes the Market
According to an old business aphorism, there are only two types of companies in this world: ones that are going to have problems, and ones that do have problems.

Sunday, February 04, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Fed Again, Naturally
Last week's headline story was the Federal Reserve.

Wednesday, January 31, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Waiting to Exhale
Okay, everyone can breathe now.

Sunday, January 28, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
The Lull Before The Storm
Stocks went nowhere fast last week.

Wednesday, January 24, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
One Big Yawn
If watching someone fish, golf or play chess is your idea of a good time, then you must have loved today's trading session.

Sunday, January 21, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
No, I'm not referring to some teenager's face after a chocolate binge, or that band of escaped convicts roaming the Texas plains.

Wednesday, January 17, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Intel Incites Tech Rally
At least that's what some folks on the Street are saying, anyway.

Sunday, January 14, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Three Out Of Five
Is lousy for sky diving, is okay for shooting hoops and is absolutely fabulous for trading stocks, particularly trading stocks that reside on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Wednesday, January 10, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
More of the Same
More range-bound trading and more big-name growth warnings.

Sunday, January 07, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Faux Fed Rally
It was fun while it last, even if it didn't last that long.

Sunday, December 31, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
In Like a Lion, Out like a Lamb Chop
I'm referring to technology stocks, of course.

Wednesday, December 27, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Dow Jones Industrials Remain in Rally Mode
Those things old and outdated have enjoyed a renaissance over the past four trading sessions.

Sunday, December 24, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Market Finally Turns Festive
A strong across-the-board rally Friday saved many a trader from a dysfunctional family Christmas this year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Tech Wreck
Yesterday's carnage spread far and wide Wednesday, as earnings and interest rate concerns continue to mount.

Sunday, December 17, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Mr. Softee Melts the Market
Just when you think it can't get any worse on the earnings front, it gets worse.

Wednesday, December 13, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
The End of Purgatory
Say good-bye, Al, because it's all over.

Sunday, December 10, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Greenspan and Florida Combine to Fuel a Market Rally
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan finally applied salve to a market stung by weeks of earnings warnings.

Wednesday, December 06, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Traders Disgorge Much of Tuesday's Gains
Traders, who seemed to feast endlessly on tech stocks on Tuesday, found themselves feeling dyspeptic on Wednesday.

Sunday, December 03, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
Mea Culpa
Anyone who read Wednesday's commentary knows what he is due, and that's an apology.

Wednesday, November 29, 2000 |  by: S.P. Brown
More Nasdaq Capitulation
What else can you say about the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMPX)?

Sunday, November 26, 2000
Stocks End the Week on a Positive Note
Consumers weren't the only shoppers prowling the market for post-holiday bargains on Friday; investors were prowling for bargains of their own.

Wednesday, November 22, 2000
A Reason to Give Thanks
No, I'm not talking about family, good health and economic prosperity.

Sunday, November 19, 2000
Stuck in Neutral
Stocks went nowhere fast last week thanks to the never-ending saga that is our presidential election.

Wednesday, November 15, 2000
Fed Grinds Market Rally to a Halt
It was fun while it lasted, even if it didn't last long.

Sunday, November 12, 2000
Banana Republic
No, I'm not referring to some sweltering hamlet buried deep in the jungles of the Amazon.

Sunday, November 05, 2000
Split Decision
That's what we got on Friday, with the New Economy Nasdaq Composite Index (COMPX) heading north and the Old Economy Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) heading south into the weekend.

Wednesday, November 01, 2000
The Pause That Refreshes?
After finishing higher 14 out of the past 15 trading sessions, the old-economy geezers finally decided to take a breather.

Sunday, October 29, 2000
A Day Trader's Dream
You've got to love this market if flipping stocks is your idea fun.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Nortel Nukes the Nasdaq
There's nothing quite like an unexpected business slowdown to turn a Wall Street darling into a Main Street gargoyle.

Sunday, October 22, 2000
The Losing Streak Finally Ends
Hallelujah, all of the major market indices finished the week in the black -- a feat not accomplished since September 1.

Wednesday, October 18, 2000
Markets Get a Bad Case of the Blues
Well, it's safe to say that support at 10,000 is no more.

Sunday, October 15, 2000
Is the Worst Finally Over?
So much for superstition.

Sunday, October 08, 2000
For Whom the Dell Tolls
Anyone thinking that September's bearish trend was behind us was sorely mistaken.

Sunday, October 01, 2000
Apple Flambé
The disaster du semaine (du mois, for that matter) was desktop maker Apple Computer.

Sunday, September 24, 2000
High-Tech Train Wreck
Luddites rejoice. Your finger waving and relentless (if not annoying) proselytizing has finally been rewarded.

Sunday, September 10, 2000
Stocks Stagger into the Weekend
Over the past few weeks, the economic data have confirmed what we already knew and that's this white-hot economy is finally cooling, which is what we wanted, right?

Sunday, September 03, 2000
Stocks Rally into the Holiday Weekend
So much for prognostications.

Wednesday, August 30, 2000
More Of The Same
Last week most of the market prognosticators said the major market indices would trade flat this week.

Sunday, August 27, 2000
Nowhere Fast
That's the best way to describe Friday's action

Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Markets Rally Modestly
"Better late than never" should be today's motto.

Sunday, August 20, 2000
SOX Sends Stocks Higher
Don't let Friday's lazy trading session fool you; stocks posted solid gains across the board this week thanks to a strong showing by the semiconductor industry.

Tuesday, August 08, 2000
Productivity Data Moves Old-Economy Issues Higher
No surprises here, I've always asserted we Americans are an energetic bunch.

Thursday, August 03, 2000
Remarkable Recovery
Boy, was it scary. Stocks sold off brutally at the opening bell thanks to a high-tech earnings fit.

Thursday, July 27, 2000
Techs Tumble Hard
Yesterday it was the old economy issues trashing investment portfolios, today it was the new.

Wednesday, July 19, 2000
No Surprises Here
Today was a textbook example of why I always sell in advance of earnings.

Tuesday, July 18, 2000
Economic Data Overrides Earnings
There's nothing like a hot economic data set to cool an investor's jets.

Thursday, July 13, 2000
The Tech Sector Takes Center Stage
Tech stocks continued their impressive run Thursday thanks to a slew of positive earnings reports.

Monday, July 10, 2000
Are You Ready For Some Earnings?
It appears that market participants have positioned themselves exactly where they want to be for the earnings period, which begins in force this week.

Wednesday, July 05, 2000
Profit Warnings Sink Stocks
Profits, or the lack thereof, were responsible for the market's dour mood today.

Thursday, June 29, 2000
The Hangover after the Binge
Pity the poor investor who went on a buying spree yesterday, for he's paying for his indulgence today.

Tuesday, June 27, 2000
Fed Uncertainties Sink Stocks
Thankfully, the wait is almost over.

Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Greenspan Raises the Dead
Figuratively speaking, of course.

Tuesday, June 06, 2000
Stocks Sink on Late Day Selling
The rally had to end some time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2000
The Real Deal or a Bear Market Rally?
Stocks closed broadly and sharply higher today amid a breath-taking rebound in the battered technology sector, with the chip stocks seeing the most buying action.

Tuesday, May 23, 2000
Bewitched, Battered and Bloodied
Sellers ravaged equities today over continued anxiety about the Federal Reserve's next move on interest rates.

Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Stocks Rally on Fed Rate Hikes
No surprises here. The Federal Reserve did what most market watchers thought it would do today and raised short-term interest rates - again.

Tuesday, May 09, 2000
Equity Markets Finish Lower On Lackluster Trading
Sluggish. That's the only way to describe today's trading action.

Tuesday, May 02, 2000
A Sluggish Market Finishes the Day in the Red
A whole lot of nothing went on in the equity markets today, as investors appeared to be in a dabbling mood at best.

Tuesday, April 25, 2000
Tech Issues Come Alive
The Nasdaq Composite Index (COMPX) reverted to old-form today, logging its second biggest point gain ever.

Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Nasdaq Bloodletting Continues
Anymore, it seems like the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMPX) and Tuesday go together like Rick Rockwell and Darva Conger.


Tuesday, August 08, 2000
Hit 'em Where They Ain't
Wee Willie Keeler was a 19th century outfielder for the National League Baltimore Orioles (save the e-mails, I know today's Orioles are an American League team, back then they plied their trade in the National League).

Monday, July 17, 2000
Just Another Legal Travesty
How else would you describe Friday's tobacco verdict?

Monday, July 03, 2000
What is Common Stock, Anyway?
It's more than a pretty piece of paper speculators traded for profit.

Monday, June 26, 2000
Another Parabola in the Making?
You just can't keep a good company down, so muse proponents of Rambus Inc. (RMBS).

Wednesday, June 14, 2000
Do the Benefits of Regulation Outweigh the Costs?
Government regulation of business has become so ingrained in our culture that few people give it much thought anymore.

Monday, June 05, 2000
A Primer on Stock Index Futures
Most everyone who follows the stock market must endure a plethora of prognostications by so-called experts about the future of the stock market.

Wednesday, May 31, 2000
Understanding Risk
According to Webster's second edition unabridged dictionary, risk is defined as the chance of injury, damage, or loss; a dangerous chance; a hazard.

Sunday, May 28, 2000
Knight Ridder Guides Estimates Higher
Knight-Ridder, the nation's No. 2 newspaper publisher, told analysts Thursday that earnings would be slightly better than expected in 2000 thanks to strong gains in advertising revenues from technology companies.

Wednesday, May 24, 2000
A Fresh Look at the P/E Ratio
The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is the most elementary of all financial ratios;

Monday, May 22, 2000
Value or Momentum?
Value or momentum investing, which is the better strategy?

Thursday, May 18, 2000
NetZero Won't Be Going Anywhere Soon
It's all in the timing.

Monday, May 15, 2000
Old Dog, Old Tricks
Talk about deja vu.

Wednesday, May 11, 2000
Short Selling Perils
Lately, many investors have turned decidedly bearish, which is understandable.

Tuesday, May 09, 2000
Sprint Ups Its Stake in Earthlink
Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. (ELNK) rose 13 percent Tuesday after long-distance telephone company Sprint Corp. (FON) said it will buy 26 million shares in the company.

Wednesday, May 04, 2000
Permanent Discounted Value
Few businesses are as tough as the retailing business, for retailing suffers from two glaring structural shortcomings - ease of entry and brutal competition.

Thursday, April 27, 2000
Profits Ahead for
According to some analysts, the king of Internet money-losers, (AMZN), could turn into a money-earner by the first half of 2001.

Monday, April 24, 2000
Suddenly, Warren Buffett Doesn't Look So Dumb
Hard to believe only a month ago the messiah of equity investing, Warren Buffett, was being written off as an anachronistic has-been.

Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Cisco Systems and SBC Communications Make a Deal
The Monte Hall of the high-tech world is at it again.

Thursday, April 13, 2000
Doom & Gloom Predicted for the B2C E-Commerce Sector
The bell may finally be tolling for the former white-hot business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce sector.

Monday, April 10, 2000
Trading Costs
You've done your research and you're ready to trade.

Tuesday, April 04, 2000
Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be government lawyers.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000
Iridium Eradication
When Iridium (IRIDQ) was conceived nearly a decade ago, it seemed like an idea whose time had come.

Monday, March 20, 2000
Market Power
Point, click and trade.

Monday, March 13, 2000
Dead Money in the Year 2000
Ahh, the perils of existing in the physical world.

Thursday, March 09, 2000
Jackpot Goes For Internet Gold
Jackpot Enterprises (J) jumped $7, or nearly 50 percent, to $21 a share yesterday after the company announced it was transforming itself into an B2B Internet incubator.

Wednesday, March 01, 2000
Biotech Incyte
Biotechnology companies have been getting a lot of press lately, and with good reason...

Sunday, February 27, 2000
Let The Good Times Roll
When people worry, they generally confine it to life's negatives: crime, recession, poor health and job security.

Thursday, February 17, 2000
The Times They Are A Changin'
Not so long ago, it was the goal of most public companies to get their stock listed on the NYSE.

Wednesday, February 16, 2000
Interest Rates and Tech Stocks
So much for the interest rate hikes.

Thursday, February 10, 2000
The Grass Isn't Always Greener
Is the US economic expansion getting a little long in the tooth?

Tuesday, February 08, 2000
Another High-Flying Internet Company
Have you had your fill of those new-fangled Internet companies that sell at acrophobia-inducing prices?

Thursday, February 03, 2000
Linux Stocks are Losing Steam
How fickle markets can be.

Monday, January 31, 2000
Ericsson's Earnings Blow Past Analysts' Estimates
There must be a causative relationship between cold weather and mobile phone manufacturing.

Thursday, January 27, 2000
Leave Well Enough Alone
Governments thrive on crisis.

Tuesday, January 25, 2000
What's Up with Proctor & Gamble?
Of all the companies to go on a merger and acquisitions binge, consumer products giant Proctor & Gamble would have to be at the bottom of the list.

Thursday, January 20, 2000
We're Not a Monopoly Either
Intel (INTC) can kick back and relax.

Thursday, January 13, 2000
It's All About Money
Talk about strange bedfellows.

Tuesday, January 11, 2000
Let's Keep Our Perspective on Things
I doubt in the annals of modern journalism that the terms "paradigm shift," "new convergence" and "one plus one equals three" have been used to the extent they were used yesterday to describe the proposed mega-merger of leading Internet service provider America Online (AOL) and media conglomerate Time Warner (TWX).

Tuesday, January 04, 2000
Making Chips with Kulicke & Soffa
Few industry's sizzled as hot as the semiconductor industry did in 1999.

Sunday, January 02, 2000
Valueless America
Contrary to popular belief, not every Internet IPO this year has been a gold-plated ticket to instant riches.

Tuesday, December 28, 1999
Ever Heard of Telephone & Data Systems?
Lost in the hinterlands of the American Stock Exchange, among the bowling alley stocks and third-tier conglomerates,

Wednesday, December 22, 1999
Relax and Enjoy New Year's Day
Some people are going to feel downright silly come January 1.

Monday, December 13, 1999
Going Dutch
"There's only one way to go when you're number two and that's to number one," so said ASM Lithography's (ASML) new boss, Doug Dunn, in a recent interview.

Thursday, December 9, 1999
Playing Catch-up with Rambus
The semiconductor industry has had a nice little run over the last eleven months.

Monday, December 6, 1999
A Little Magic for the High-Tech Value Investor
As hard as this may be to believe, it's possible that not every high-tech investor is a growth and momentum investor.

Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Vignette Is No Short Story
With the plethora of Internet IPOs flooding the equity markets this year, it has become increasingly difficult to differentiate the Internet pretenders from the paradigm movers.

Sunday, October 31, 1999
The Federal Reserve's Numbers Game
Market watchers are speculating over what the Federal Reserve will do November 16 at the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

Tuesday, October 20, 1999
The Y2K Bug Isn't Dead Yet
Is anyone concerned over Y2K anymore?

Tuesday, October 19, 1999
Dell Computer will be just fine, thank you.
On Monday night, Dell Computer (DELL), the world's fastest-growing technology company, stunned analysts and investors alike by warning it will miss its earnings target for the third quarter (DELL's third quarter ends October 30th).

Monday, October 18, 1999
Discounting the Future
Many investors are left feeling bewildered when seemingly small changes in earnings and growth expectations produce drastic stock price fluctuations.

Thursday, October 14, 1999
Death Takes a Holiday
Few industries make people as uncomfortable as the funeral industry.

Wednesday, October 13, 1999, 7:30 pm ET
Is Sun Microsystems just Banging its Head against the Wall Again?
Sun Microsystems (SUNW) is at it again.

Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Ask Jeeves Lands the Deal of its Young Life
Yesterday Software giant Microsoft (MSFT) and tiny question answering service Ask Jeeves (ASKJ) announced an eyebrow raising deal that proved particularly popular with ASKJ shareholders.


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