Archive | August, 2009

Reflation trade back on: crude up,dollar down, housing sales up

Crude oil futures continued their momentum today with October prices at a 2009 high of $74. The market followed as all four major stock indices reached 2009 intraday highs. Strong home sales for the 4th month in a row were one of the catalysts. July sales of existing homes jumped 7.2% the fastest sales pace […]

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H1N1 Influenza vaccine manufacturers ramp up for October 15

Vaccine shortages may require targeting of subpopulations As health officials in the Northern Hemisphere mobilize for the annual Flu season compounded by the pandemic H1N1(Swine) Flu, production of a vaccine looms critical. Last week the WHO said that H1N1 Flu is already spreading in India, Thailand and Vietnam coinciding with the monsoon season. Transmission has […]

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Risk trade off with strong dollar, weak China action

A continuation of the broad market sell-off that started Friday picked up speed at the open but has stabilized; traders are anxiously looking at the last 15 minutes of trading to see if a downdraft kicks in. The US Dollar Index is at $79.26 off its daily highs but higher than recent 5 day lows […]

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Biotech Sell-Off Continues

Biotech stocks followed the market down today with the NASDAQ being down 1.8% and the S&P down 1.5% . The biotech ETF’s tracked the market closely with the IBB down almost 2% and the XBI down 1.65%. The summer rally which gathered momentum with the acquisition of Medarex by Bristol on July 24 has given […]

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Caution on biotechs and energy

Biotech stocks were unusually weak today with many mid-caps down 3-4%. High flier CBST was down even more due to an Oppenheimer downgrade. The ELN lawsuit against Biogen regarding the Tysabri deal with JNJ didn’t help matters. More analysis to follow as this is a travel day. Energy stocks were also on the weak side […]

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