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Diamonds and Dogs

diamonds and dogs December 5th 2008

Friday December 5th, 2008

Diamonds
Shares of many financial companies were higher today, in spite of the dramatic loss of jobs reported in the morning. JP Morgan (JPM) was the leader of the pack, banking a 67 cent gain to $31.75. In a sign of the times, JPM wiped off thousands of workers this week and also announced that they were hired by Ford to help them sell Volvo cars. As a side note, MER shareholders approved their sale to Bank of America for about $20 billion when all is said and done.

Dogs
Commodity stocks continue to be hammered today. Sunoco (SON) fell over 12% to $21.40 as oil prices plummet. SON cut their fourth quarter and full year profit and sales estimates this morning. Chesapeake Energy (CHK) hit a new low today as well; falling to $10.15 as it looks like no one will ever need natural gas again. CHK has dropped from a year high of $74 per share.

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Diamonds
It's that time of year, and Mattel is the name once again in toys. Barbie kicked butt today as they won a victory over Bratz. The cat fight ended when a judge ruled in favor of Barbie and barred the Bratz line of fashion dolls. MAT closed up 66 cents to finish the day at $13.86.

Dogs
Don't call me, I'll call you. AT&T (T) fell today as they announced a 4% reduction in their work force. The 12,000 lost jobs translated into a 91 cent drop in T stock, as T hung up the session at $28.17. T is down from a yearly high of $42.79.
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