Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Leverage Alert: CG


LEVERAGE ALERT

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005
NEW RECOMMENDATION!

PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO BUY (TO OPEN) THE CAROLINA GROUP MARCH 30.00
CALL (CGCF) AT A MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE OF 2.40 OR LESS.

*** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER THIS POSITION BEFORE THE CLOSE TODAY, WE
RECOMMEND THAT YOU REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE THROUGH THE NEXT TRADING DAY. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO GET INTO THIS TRADE AFTER THE NEXT TRADING DAY’S CLOSE. ***

THIS OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 2.10, OFFERED AT 2.30.

CG IS CURRENTLY TRADING AT 31.82.

DO NOT PLACE A GOOD-TIL-CANCELLED ORDER TO EXIT THE POSITION UNTIL WE
FOLLOW UP WITH FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, AS WE MAY ALLOW PROFITS TO RUN IF OUR
INDICATORS SUGGEST THE POSITION HAS MORE PROFIT POTENTIAL.

NEVER PAY MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER
RECOMMENDATION. DO NOT INVEST MORE THAN 10%-20% OF YOUR AVAILABLE CASH
ALLOCATED TO THIS PROGRAM IN ANY ONE TRADE.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER COMMUNICATION CONCERNING THIS TRADE, INCLUDING
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS, IF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS NOT ACTIVE AT THE TIME WE
ISSUE FOLLOW-UP INSTRUCTIONS.


LEVERAGE ALERT COMMENTARY
RECOMMENDED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005




CAROLINA GROUP (CG) TRADE DRIVERS:
* According to Hoover's, CG is a group company of Loews Corporation (LTR),
accounting for 21 percent of LTR's sales. CG was created in 2002 to track
stock for LTR in its tobacco holdings. CG's subsidiary, Lorillard, is the
fourth largest cigarette maker in the U.S., driven by menthol brand
Newport.

* Pessimism runs high on CG as, according to Zacks, six of the eight
analysts covering the stock have "hold" or "sell" ratings on it. Any
upgrades from this group could send the equity higher.

* Options players are also betting against the equity, as the stock's
Schaeffer's put call open interest ratio has jumped higher during the past
several sessions from its near-term low of 0.19 on January 18 to its
current perch at 0.22.

* Also on the options front, the stock has recently taken out potential
resistance at the 30 level, site of peak-front month call open interest.
With little in the way of call activity above this strike, CG should face
little options-related resistance.

* Technically speaking, CG is soaring higher today following a successful
retest of support at its 10-day moving average. The shares have risen
along the loose support of this short-term moving average since September.
Furthermore, the equity has taken out round-number resistance in the 30
area and continues to advance along its rising 10-week moving average.

* This combination of pessimistic sentiment and strong technical
performance has earned CG a Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard rating of 7.5 out
of 10.0. This elevated reading indicates that the security could have
additional upside as pessimistic sentiment unwinds.
REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATION: Buy the Carolina Group March 30 call (CGCF) at a
maximum entry price of 2.40. We will closely monitor this position and
contact you immediately with updated instructions should our expectations
change.
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Apple Computer April 60 call (AAQDL); Genzyme
April 55 call (GZQDK); Wynn Resorts March 65 call (UWYCM); Amazon.com
February 45 put (ZQNNI).
You will not receive further communication concerning this trade, including
closeout instructions,
if your subscription is not active at the time we issue follow-up
instructions.
©Copyright 2005 Schaeffer’s Investment Research. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Double Taxation


So the winning plaintiff pays income tax on the attorneys fees and the attorney pays income tax on the attorneys fees. Not a pretty picture!
Commissioner V. Banks

Now this one's a classic


BY DAVE BARRY

(originally published on March 6, 1994.)

Why don't regular people like classical music? This is the question that was posed to me recently in a letter from Timothy W. Muffitt, the music director of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, which has gained international acclaim for its rendition of ''Achy Breaky Heart.''

No, I'm sure it's a fine orchestra that plays a serious program of classical music featuring numerous notes, sharps, flats, clefs, bassoons, deceased audience members, etc.

Anyway, Mr. Muffitt states that he has been asked to conduct a series of concerts for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The goal is ''to get people into the concert hall other than those who usually come.''

He asks: ''What would get the average Joe into the concert hall? Do you go to classical music concerts? Why or why not?''

Mr. Muffitt, those are important questions, and before I answer them, let me state that I really like saying ''Mr. Muffitt.'' I think ''Mr. Muffitt'' would be a great title for a Saturday-morning children's cartoon show, wherein Mr. Muffitt is a super hero who, accompanied by sidekicks representing every major minority group and gender, goes around kicking villain butt. I have not worked out the details of the plot, although it would definitely involve a Magic Tuffet.

But getting back to Mr. Muffitt's questions: Our first task is to define exactly what we mean by ''classical music.'' When I look in volume ''M'' of my son's World Book Encyclopedia, I find, on pages 838-9, the following statement: 'Mosses grow and reproduce in two phases 'sexual' and 'asexual.' ''Not only that, but during the ''sexual'' phase, the moss develops ''special organs,'' and when the time is ripe, ''they burst and release hundreds of sperm cells.''

Do you believe it? MOSS! Growing organs! Having sex! Probably smoking little one-celled cigarettes afterward! Parents, this could be going on in your community. I think we should alert the Rev. Pat Robertson.

But we also need to define ''classical music.'' A little farther on in the World Book, we come to the section on music, which states: ''There are two chief kinds of Western music, classical and popular.'' Thus we see that ''classical music'' is defined, technically, as ''music that is not popular.'' This could be one reason why the ''average Joe'' does not care for it.

I myself am not a big fan. I will go to a classical concert only under very special circumstances, such as that I have been told to make a ransom payment there. But until I got this letter from Mr. Muffitt, I never knew why I felt this way. I've been thinking about it, and I have come up with what I believe are the three main problems with classical music:

1. IT'S CONFUSING. With ''popular'' music, you understand what's happening. For example, in the song, ''Long Tall Sally,'' when Little Richard sings, ''Long Tall Sally, she's built for speed,'' you can be certain that the next line is going to follow logically (''She got everything that Uncle John need''), and then there will be the chorus, or, as it is known technically, 'the 'Ooh baby' part.'' Whereas in classical music, you never know WHAT will happen next. Sometimes the musicians stop completely in the middle of the song, thereby causing the average Joe, who is hoping that the song is over, to start clapping, whereupon the deceased audience members come back to life and give him dirty looks, and he feels like a big dope. It would help if there were an electronic basketball-style clock hanging from the conductor's back, indicating how much time is left in the song. Speaking of which:

2. IT TAKES TOO LONG. The Shangri-Las, performing ''Leader of the Pack,'' take only about four minutes to tell a dramatic and moving story -- including a motorcycle crash. A classical orchestra can take five times that long just to sit down. There needs to be more of an emphasis on speed. There could be Symphony Sprints, wherein two orchestras would compete head-to-head to see who could get through a given piece of music the fastest. There could even be defense, wherein, for example, the trombone players would void their spit valves at the opposing violin section. This would be good, because:

3. IT NEEDS MORE ACTION. When I was in college, I saw the great blues harmonica player James Cotton give a performance of 'Rockin' Robin'' wherein he stuck his harmonica into his mouth, held his arms out sideways like an airplane, and toppled headfirst off of an 8-foot stage into the crowd, where he landed safely on a cushion of college students and completed the song in the prone position.

That same year -- I did not see this personally, but I have friends who did -- the great blues guitarist Buddy Guy gave a club performance wherein, while taking a solo, he went into the men's room (he had a long guitar cord), closed the door, apparently relieved himself, flushed, reopened the door and came back out and never stopped playing.

You do not forget musical experiences such as those.

I'm not saying that classical musicians should do these things. It would be difficult to get, say, a harp into a restroom stall. I'm just saying, Mr. Muffitt, that until the average Joe can expect this level of entertainment from classical music, he is probably going to stay home watching TV, stuck to his sofa like moss on a rock. But with less of a sex life.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Any Card to Wallet: "A mind-blowing effect from the ever creative Rich Bloch.

The performer tosses out a deck of cards asking the spectator to look through the deck (not to remove a card) and to MENTALLY select any card. This being done the pack is tossed back to the performer.

The performer removes his wallet from his coat pocket and with a finger snap, says (jauntily) 'Your card is now in my wallet.' Opening the wallet, a single face down card is seen. 'Look familiar?', quips the performer.

Responding to the derisive hoots and looks of appalled disbelief, the performer tosses the deck to the spectator. 'See for yourself,' he says, 'and for the first time, name your card.'
The spectator does so, then opens the pack. Spectator looks... and looks ... but his card is not there. He counts the cards and there are only 51 cards. Eyes shift back to the performer. 'As you can see, there are but 51 cards and this is the fifty-second -- your card.' At this, the performer slowly removes the card from his wallet. It is, indeed, the chosen card! "
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Friday, January 21, 2005

Leverage Alert: Ishares Lehman 20+


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SECOND HALF OF YOUR POSITION IN THE ISHARES LEHMAN 20+ YEAR TREASURY BOND
FUND JANUARY 2005 88.00 CALL (TLTAJ).


THE OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 2.90, ASKED AT 3.00.

TLT IS CURRENTLY AT 91.00.

WE RECOMMEND EXITING THE SECOND HALF OF THIS POSITION TO LOCK IN PROFITS
AHEAD OF JANUARY OPTIONS EXPIRATION.

Leverage Alert: Delta


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2005
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS!

CANCEL ANY OPEN ORDERS AND PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO SELL
(TO CLOSE) THE DELTA AIR LINES JANUARY 2005 5.00 CALL (DALAA) AT 0.20 OR
BETTER.

THIS OPTION EXPIRES TODAY. WHILE THE OPTION IS CURRENTLY OUT-OF-THE-MONEY
AND IS BID AT ZERO, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT IT COULD QUICKLY MOVE IN-THE-MONEY.

AS SUCH, IF THE OPTION MOVES IN-THE-MONEY TO A DEGREE THAT WOULD ALLOW YOU
TO RECOUP MORE PREMIUM THAN YOU WOULD PAY IN COMMISSIONS, YOU SHOULD EXIT
THE POSITION BY EXECUTING THE SALE PER THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE.

THIS POSITION IS BID AT 0.00, ASKED AT 0.05.

DAL IS CURRENTLY AT 4.99.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Mary Ellen Bates - Tip of the Month


January 2005: Googling Better
While I often remind people in my workshops that Google is not necessarily the most appropriate search tool, most of us do use Google in the course of our research day.

The following are a few of the techniques and tools I use to make my Google searching more effective or more productive.
Synonym Searching

Google has a limit of 10 words per search, which can make it difficult to include all the possible variations on a word. For example, a search for reports on childhood obesity should probably also include the words child, children, kid, kids, youth and family as well as childhood, and the words obese, overweight and fat as well as obesity. Oops! That adds up to 11 possible search terms, and doesn't give you any leeway to include filetype: limitations or other words to narrow the search down to reports. One way to circumvent this limitation is to try Google's synonym search. Add a tilde (~) at the beginning of the words child and obese (~child ~obese), and Google retrieves web sites that use any of those synonyms. "

Legislative KM>


About GovTrack: "About GovTrack
There is a huge divide between citizens and government in the United States. I'm no expert in politics, but it seems to me the larger the divide the less responsible politicians are to their constituents, and this is bad. Worse yet, it can be avoided. We could have better government if we could only make it simpler for people to see what their representatives are doing."

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Todd Lassen | Coin Gaffs


Check out for a JFK copper/silver and a chinatown half
Thank you for taking interest in Lassen Coin Gaffs.

For general questions,to place an order,
or check on the status of an order e-mail:
todd@toddlassen.com

Send checks or money orders to:
Todd Lassen
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Phone: 563-323-3048
"

New blog discovered: Magic


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No Permission Required!: "Open Source Magic
Do you find anything in this blog interesting? Is there something you want to quote? Is there a presentation suggestion you want to use? Go for it! It's yours. No permission required. Honest! No catches. If you decide to use my posts on a magic discussion board or put something of mine in print or video, I only ask for credit.

Web developers/programmers are used to the concept of 'Open Source'. A developer/programmer has an idea for something and releases it to everyone who's interested. They are free to use it, work with it, alter it under a GNU Public License. The concept being ' The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure the software is free for all its users.'
The software I am using for this blog is Open Source. It's called WordPress and I highly recommend it. Maybe Open Source will catch on in magic."

Monday, January 17, 2005

How slow is it?


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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Stock Market




Stock Market
The market struggled during the end of the year (the supposed "Santa Claus rally") and became completely unglued in the first three trading sessions of the new year. The old adage is "When Santa Claus fails to call, bears will come to Broad and Wall." Statistically speaking, about 50% of the years in which the first week is negative (as it was this year) are down years. We will have one more early gauge -- the January barometer, which says how the market does in the first whole month of the year, will show how the whole year goes.

All of the major averages have broken down below their short- term, 20-day moving averages (which have now rolled over and begun to turn downward). Furthermore, they continue to make new lows, although the damage since those first three days of the new year has been much more muted.

Equity-only put-call ratios remain on their sell signals. The standard ratio didn't turn negative until January 5th, but the weighted ratio has been on a sell signal for some time. See Figures 2 and 3. They will not give buy signals until they roll over and begin to trend downward.

Market breadth deteriorated badly during the first week of this year. Breadth sell signals remain in force.

Finally, there is $VIX. It jumped higher before the market sold off -- a good "prediction" on its part. But then it began to decline again, despite the market's failure to rally. There has been much debate among option traders as to whether this recent decline in $VIX is a) predictive, indicating that the worst is over, or b) contrary, meaning that option traders are way too complacent and further declines will be necessary to shock them out of their complacency. Given that $VIX was recently a good predictor, we have to lean that way a little, but it certainly seems risky to be selling premium (i.e., betting on a $VIX decline) at these low levels.

In summary, since all of the indicators -- save $VIX -- are bearish, we retain a bearish opinion. Ideally, the market will decline enough to generate true buy signals (not merely the lukewarm buy signals that littered the first half of 2004).
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Google Scholar: "
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Find on this site:

You can increase the accuracy and effectiveness of your searches on Google Scholar by adding 'operators' that fine-tune your search terms. In some cases, you can add operators right in the Google Scholar search box; other times, you'll want to use the Advanced Scholar Search page.
Here are the most common Google Scholar operators:
Author Search - Publication Restrict - Date Restrict - Other Operators
Author search
Author search is one of the most effective ways to find a specific paper. If you know who wrote the paper you're looking for, you can simply add their last name to your search terms.
For example:
The search [friedman regression] returns papers on the subject of regression written by people named Friedman. If you want to search on an author's full name, or last name and first initial, enter the name in quotes: ['jh friedman']
When a word is both a person's name and a common noun, you might want to use the 'author:' operator. This operator only affects the search term that immediately follows it, and there must be no space between 'author:' and your search term.
For example:
[author:flowers] returns papers written by people with the name Flowers, whereas [flowers -author:flowers] returns papers about flowers, and ignores papers written by people with the name Flowers (a minus in front of a search term excludes results that contain this search term).
You can enter several author terms, but you'll have to prefix each one with the operator.
For example:
To find articles about regression by JH Friedman, try [author:jh author:friedman regression]. This may "

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Leverage Alert: iShares Lehman 20+ year treasury bond


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2005
½-POSITION CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS!

CANCEL ANY OPEN ORDERS AND PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO SELL (TO CLOSE) THE
FIRST ONE-HALF OF YOUR POSITION IN THE ISHARES LEHMAN 20+ YEAR TREASURY
BOND FUND (TLTAJ) AT 1.50 OR BETTER.

IF THIS INITIAL ONE-HALF POSITION HAS NOT BEEN CLOSED BY 11:00 A.M. EASTERN
TIME, CANCEL YOUR DAY-LIMIT ORDER AND PLACE AN ORDER TO SELL (TO CLOSE) THE
ONE-HALF POSITION AT THE CURRENT MARKET PRICE.

THE OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 1.75, ASKED AT 1.95.

TLT IS CURRENTLY AT 89.76.

WE RECOMMEND EXITING THE FIRST HALF OF THE POSITION AT THIS TIME AND
CONTINUING TO HOLD THE SECOND HALF OF THE TRADE.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER COMMUNICATION CONCERNING THIS TRADE, INCLUDING
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Leverage Alert: Genzyme





LEVERAGE ALERT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2005
NEW RECOMMENDATION!

PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO BUY (TO OPEN) THE GENZYME APRIL 55.00 CALL
(GZQDK) AT A MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE OF 6.50 OR LESS.

*** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER THIS POSITION BEFORE THE CLOSE TODAY, WE
RECOMMEND THAT YOU REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE THROUGH THE NEXT TRADING DAY. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO GET INTO THIS TRADE AFTER THE NEXT TRADING DAY’S CLOSE. ***

THIS OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 6.10, OFFERED AT 6.30.

GENZ IS CURRENTLY TRADING AT 59.10.

DO NOT PLACE A GOOD-TIL-CANCELLED ORDER TO EXIT THE POSITION UNTIL WE
FOLLOW UP WITH FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, AS WE MAY ALLOW PROFITS TO RUN IF OUR
INDICATORS SUGGEST THE POSITION HAS MORE PROFIT POTENTIAL.

NEVER PAY MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER
RECOMMENDATION. DO NOT INVEST MORE THAN 10%-20% OF YOUR AVAILABLE CASH
ALLOCATED TO THIS PROGRAM IN ANY ONE TRADE.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER COMMUNICATION CONCERNING THIS TRADE, INCLUDING
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS, IF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS NOT ACTIVE AT THE TIME WE
ISSUE FOLLOW-UP INSTRUCTIONS.


LEVERAGE ALERT COMMENTARY
RECOMMENDED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2005




GENZYME (GENZ) TRADE DRIVERS:
* According to Hoover's, GENZ's product portfolio focuses on rare genetic
disorders as well as organ transplant, osteoarthritis, and renal disease.

* Last night, the company raised its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue
expectations. GENZ now expects to earn between $1.75 and $1.80 per share
on revenue of $591 million. The Street was expecting earnings of $1.77 on
revenue of $582.3 million.

* Technically speaking, GENZ continues to be a solid performer, rallying
higher along the support of its 10-week and 20-week trendlines.

* Despite this solid fundamental and technical performance, investors
remain skeptical of the shares. GENZ's Schaeffer's put/call open interest
ratio stands at 1.36, higher than 97 percent of all readings taken in the
past year.

* Short interest also increased by more than six percent during December to
stand at nearly seven percent of the stock's total float. It would now
take almost eight days to cover this sizeable short position, increasing
the likelihood of GENZ benefiting from a short-covering rally.

* Wall Street is also dubious of the stock's future, as Zacks reports that
eight of the 16 covering analysts still rate the shares a "hold." Any
upgrades from this indecisive bunch could spur further gains for GENZ.

* This combination of technical strength and pessimistic sentiment has
earned GENZ a Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard rating of 7.5 out of 10.0,
indicating that the security could have further upside ahead of it as the
bearish sentiment unwinds in the form of added selling pressure.

REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATION: Buy the Genzyme April 55 call (GZQDK) at a
maximum entry price of 6.50. We will closely monitor this position and
contact you immediately with updated instructions should our expectations
change.

CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Apple Computer April 60 call (AAQDL); Delta Air
Lines January 2005 5.00 call (DALAA); iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond
Fund January 2005 88 call (TLTAJ); Urban Outfitters March 40 call (URQCH);
Wynn Resorts March 65 call (UWYCM); Amazon.com February 45 put (ZQNNI).
The Fannie Mae January 2005 75 put (FNMMO) was closed today.
You will not receive further communication concerning this trade, including
closeout instructions,
if your subscription is not active at the time we issue follow-up
instructions.
©Copyright 2005 Schaeffer’s Investment Research. All rights reserved

Leverage Alert: Fannie Mae


ALL LEVERAGE SERVICES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2005
FINAL ¼ CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS!

CANCEL ANY OPEN ORDERS AND PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO SELL
(TO CLOSE) THE FINAL ONE-QUARTER OF YOUR POSITION IN THE FANNIE MAE JANUARY
2005 75 PUT (FNMMO) AT 3.80 OR BETTER.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU ORIGINALLY PURCHASED 12 CONTRACTS UPON INITIATION OF
THIS POSITION, YOU SHOULD SELL 3 CONTRACTS AT THIS TIME.

THIS WILL LEAVE 0% OF YOUR ORIGINAL POSITION OPEN.

IF THIS POSITION HAS NOT CLOSED BY 11:00 A.M. EASTERN TIME, CANCEL YOUR
LIMIT ORDER AND PLACE AN ORDER TO SELL (TO CLOSE) AT THE CURRENT MARKET
PRICE.

THIS POSITION IS BID AT 4.30, ASKED AT 4.50.

FNM IS CURRENTLY AT 70.61.

WE RECOMMEND EXITING THE FINAL QUARTER POSITION IN ORDER TO LOCK IN PROFITS
ON THE ENTIRE POSITION.


Tuesday, January 11, 2005

NASA Taxonomy



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Powerpoint about RSS


http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/SeizeTheFeed.ppt

RSS(sm): Rich Site Services
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eFeeds(sm): Web Feeds from Electronic Journals
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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Leverage Alert: AMAzon


LEVERAGE ALERT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005
NEW RECOMMENDATION!

PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO BUY (TO OPEN) THE AMAZON.COM FEBRUARY 45.00 PUT
(ZQNNI) AT A MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE OF 4.60 OR LESS.

*** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER THIS POSITION BEFORE THE CLOSE TODAY, WE
RECOMMEND THAT YOU REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE THROUGH THE NEXT TRADING DAY. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO GET INTO THIS TRADE AFTER THE NEXT TRADING DAY’S CLOSE. ***

THIS OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 4.30, OFFERED AT 4.40.

AMZN IS CURRENTLY TRADING AT 41.90.

DO NOT PLACE A GOOD-TIL-CANCELLED ORDER TO EXIT THE POSITION UNTIL WE
FOLLOW UP WITH FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, AS WE MAY ALLOW PROFITS TO RUN IF OUR
INDICATORS SUGGEST THE POSITION HAS MORE PROFIT POTENTIAL.

NEVER PAY MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER
RECOMMENDATION. DO NOT INVEST MORE THAN 10%-20% OF YOUR AVAILABLE CASH
ALLOCATED TO THIS PROGRAM IN ANY ONE TRADE.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER COMMUNICATION CONCERNING THIS TRADE, INCLUDING
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS, IF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS NOT ACTIVE AT THE TIME WE
ISSUE FOLLOW-UP INSTRUCTIONS.


LEVERAGE ALERT COMMENTARY
RECOMMENDED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005


AMAZON.COM (AMZN) TRADE DRIVERS:

* Yesterday, a major brokerage firm downgraded AMZN to "sell" from "hold"
stating that the company faces competition and will have to spend more on
marketing and technology, resulting in lower profits.

* Despite this downgrade, analysts have become more positive on the company
in each of the past two months.

* Elsewhere in AMZN's sentiment backdrop, the stock's Schaeffer's put/call
open interest ratio recently dropped to a three-week low of 1.03 as
investors continue to add calls at a faster rate than calls in the front
three months of options. This reading has been in a protracted downtrend,
falling from 1.50 five months ago.

* Despite AMZN's relatively high short-interest ratio and short interest as
a percentage of float, short interest has also trended lower. The number
of AMZN shares sold short has fallen in five of the past eight months and
stands near a three-year low.

* Technically speaking, yesterday's brokerage downgrade caused the stock to
gap lower, creating a bearish "island reversal" pattern following last
Monday's gap higher.

* Furthermore, the equity's 10-month moving average recently completed a
bearish cross below its 20-month moving average (see the chart). When this
last happened in 2000, AMZN plunged more than 80 percent. What’s more, the
security's 20-month moving average is now capping any rally attempts.
REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATION: Buy the Amazon.com February 45 put (ZQNNI) at a
maximum entry price of 4.60. We will closely monitor this position and
contact you immediately with updated instructions should our expectations
change.
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Fannie Mae January 2005 75 put (FNMMO) partial
position; TASER International February 27.50 call (QURBY); iShares Lehman
20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund January 2005 88 call (TLTAJ); Urban Outfitters
March 40 call (URQCH); Wynn Resorts March 65 call (UWYCM). The Delta Air
Lines January 2005 5.00 call (DALAA) was opened today.
You will not receive further communication concerning this trade, including
closeout instructions,
if your subscription is not active at the time we issue follow-up
instructions.
©Copyright 2005 Schaeffer’s Investment Research. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Leverage Alert: Apple


LEVERAGE ALERT

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2005
NEW RECOMMENDATION!

PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO BUY (TO OPEN) THE APPLE COMPUTER APRIL 60.00
CALL (AAQDL) AT A MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE OF 10.20 OR LESS.

*** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER THIS POSITION BEFORE THE CLOSE TODAY, WE
RECOMMEND THAT YOU REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE THROUGH THE NEXT TRADING DAY. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO GET INTO THIS TRADE AFTER THE NEXT TRADING DAY’S CLOSE. ***

THIS OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 9.80, OFFERED AT 10.00.

AAPL IS CURRENTLY TRADING AT 65.85.

DO NOT PLACE A GOOD-TIL-CANCELLED ORDER TO EXIT THE POSITION UNTIL WE
FOLLOW UP WITH FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, AS WE MAY ALLOW PROFITS TO RUN IF OUR
INDICATORS SUGGEST THE POSITION HAS MORE PROFIT POTENTIAL.

NEVER PAY MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER
RECOMMENDATION. DO NOT INVEST MORE THAN 10%-20% OF YOUR AVAILABLE CASH
ALLOCATED TO THIS PROGRAM IN ANY ONE TRADE.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER COMMUNICATION CONCERNING THIS TRADE, INCLUDING
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS, IF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS NOT ACTIVE AT THE TIME WE
ISSUE FOLLOW-UP INSTRUCTIONS.


LEVERAGE ALERT COMMENTARY
RECOMMENDED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2005


APPLE COMPUTER (AAPL) TRADE DRIVERS:

* In broker activity today, First Albany lifted its first-quarter and 2005
earnings estimates for AAPL to 50 cents per share and $1.68 per share,
respectively. The firm cited an expected jump in iPod sales and coming
announcements of a flash-based iPod and a less expensive Mac for the move.

* In response to the news, AAPL surged approximately seven percent, taking
out resistance at the 65 level in the process.

* Pulling back to longer-term picture, AAPL has been in a pronounced
uptrend for the past two years. The shares continue to rally along support
at their 10-week and 20-week moving averages, which the stock has not
closed a week below since late December 2003.

* Despite this impressive performance, investors remain skeptical of AAPL.
The stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio of 0.71 ranks above 78
percent of those taken in the past year.

* Wall Street is even shunning the shares, as 10 of the 18 covering
analysts still rate AAPL a "hold" or worse. Any upgrades from this bunch
of hold outs could further the equity's rally.

* Finally, this combination of solid technical performance and heavy
pessimistic sentiment has earned AAPL a Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard rating
of 7.0 out of 10.0, indicating that the security could have more room to
run as pessimism unwinds.
REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATION: Buy the Apple Computer April 60 call (AAQDL) at a
maximum entry price of 10.20. We will closely monitor this position and
contact you immediately with updated instructions should our expectations
change.
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Delta Air Lines January 2005 5.00 call (DALAA);
Fannie Mae January 2005 75 put (FNMMO) partial position; iShares Lehman 20+
Year Treasury Bond Fund January 2005 88 call (TLTAJ); Urban Outfitters
March 40 call (URQCH); Wynn Resorts March 65 call (UWYCM); Amazon.com
February 45 put (ZQNNI). The TASER International February 27.50 call
(QURBY) was closed today.

You will not receive further communication concerning this trade, including
closeout instructions,
if your subscription is not active at the time we issue follow-up
instructions.
©Copyright 2005 Schaeffer’s

Leverage Alert: Taser


ALL LEVERAGE SERVICES

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2005
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS!

CANCEL ANY OPEN ORDERS AND PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO SELL
(TO CLOSE) THE TASER INTERNATIONAL FEBRUARY 27.50 CALL (QURBY) AT 1.15 OR
BETTER.

IF THIS POSITION HAS NOT CLOSED BY 11:00 A.M. EASTERN TIME, CANCEL YOUR
LIMIT ORDER AND PLACE AN ORDER TO SELL (TO CLOSE) AT THE CURRENT MARKET
PRICE.

THIS POSITION IS BID AT 1.25, ASKED AT 1.35.

TASR IS CURRENTLY AT 23.69.

WE RECOMMEND EXITING THE POSITION IN ORDER TO LIMIT LOSSES.


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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Taxonomies


Story
Three Day Conference Will Be First for Access Innovations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Access Innovations, specialists
in creating and maintaining databases of digitized research and other content
for a wide range of government and business clients, will hold a three-day
training and networking conference for current and prospective users of its
Data Harmony ( http://www.dataharmony.com ) categorization and content
management software line, February 6-8 in Albuquerque.
The company will offer in-depth training, plus presentations on recent
innovations to its taxonomy and indexing software.
The Data Harmony line of software features tools to categorize and filter
information added to a database. The software creates taxonomies and thesauri
that structure data, enabling user organizations to maximize the value of
their electronically stored information assets.
The February conference is designed for both current Data Harmony users
and those information managers considering acquiring indexing software. In
addition to the training, it will also feature user presentations, group
discussions and product demonstrations.
"Libraries, corporations, publishers and our other constituents around the
world increasingly recognize the importance of leveraging their information
resources, whether it be to create online research services or to share
intelligence within an enterprise," said Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations
chairman. "We're continually making enhancements to our product line, and
we're eager to demonstrate the recent innovations. Plus, our users conference
will be a great opportunity for customers to enhance their skills through
training, and to share notes and learn from each other."

Specific topics to be covered at the conference include:

- taxonomy development and indexing
- recently released Data Harmony applications MAIChem and MAILib
- working with OWL Ontologies and semantic Web
- real-time portal applications
- large batch processing

Presentations and case studies will be offered by representatives of the
American Waterworks Association, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, the Naval
Postgraduate School, Lockheed Corporation, Kent State University, American
Society for Radiologic Technologists, the Electric Power Research Institute,
the Special Libraries Association and the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, among others.
In addition to the working sessions, participants will enjoy opportunities
to ski, visit nearby Santa Fe and tour Old Town Albuquerque.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Leverage Alert: Delta Air


LEVERAGE SERVICES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005
COMMENTARY

DELTA AIR LINES (DAL) TRADE DRIVERS:

* Despite DAL's pullback today on news that it was slashing its fares for
the continental U.S., the shares are holding at support in the 6.50 area.
This region held for the equity during its pullback in November, allowing
the shares to rebound sharply in the ensuing weeks.

* Lending additional credence to support within the airline industry, the
AMEX Airline Index's (XAL) pullback in today's session is also holding at
support encountered in November. Mirroring DAL's performance for the time
frame, the XAL also rebounded nicely during the following weeks.

* Short interest for DAL currently accounts for more than 39 percent of the
stock's total float. What's more, it would also take nearly eight days for
short sellers to buy back this plethora of bearish bets, potentially
lending strength to a snapback rally from the shares in the form of short
covering.

* Options players have also placed heavy bets against the security, as the
stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio of 1.12 indicates that
puts outnumber calls in the front three months of options. This pessimism
indicates that options players don’t believe DAL will rally much higher,
removing potential options-related resistance from the security’s path.

* What's more, Wall Street has its doubts, as Zacks reports that eight of
the 10 covering analysts rate the shares a "hold." Any upgrades could add
further lift for DAL.

* One concern for this trade would be a continued downtrend in the airline
sector and the overall market.

REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATION: Buy the Delta Air Lines January 2005 5.00 call
(DALAA) at a maximum entry price of 1.60. We will closely monitor this
position and contact you immediately with updated instructions should our
expectations change.

You will not receive further communication concerning this trade, including
closeout instructions,
if your subscription is not active at the time we issue follow-up
instructions.
Copyright 2005 Schaeffer’s Investment Research Inc.

Leverage Alert: Delta air


ALL LEVERAGE SERVICES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005
NEW RECOMMENDATION!

PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO BUY (TO OPEN) THE DELTA AIR LINES JANUARY 2005
5.00 CALL (DALAA) AT A MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE OF 1.60 OR LESS.

*** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER THIS POSITION BEFORE THE CLOSE TODAY, WE
RECOMMEND THAT YOU REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE THROUGH THE NEXT TRADING DAY. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO GET INTO THIS TRADE AFTER THE NEXT TRADING DAY’S CLOSE. ***

THIS OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 1.35, OFFERED AT 1.45.

DAL IS CURRENTLY TRADING AT 6.39.

NEVER PAY MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM ENTRY PRICE FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER
RECOMMENDATION. DO NOT INVEST MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR AVAILABLE CASH
ALLOCATED TO THIS PROGRAM IN ANY ONE TRADE.

IF YOU ARE A SUBSCRIBER OF MULTIPLE LEVERAGE SERVICES, ENTER THIS TRADE
ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF SERVICES YOU OWN. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU OWN TWO
LEVERAGE SERVICES, BUY TWO TIMES AS MANY CONTRACTS AS YOU NORMALLY WOULD
FOR A SINGLE TRADE.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER COMMUNICATION CONCERNING THIS TRADE, INCLUDING
CLOSEOUT INSTRUCTIONS, IF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS NOT ACTIVE AT THE TIME WE
ISSUE FOLLOW-UP INSTRUCTIONS.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Leverage Alert: Amerada Hess


LEVERAGE ALERT

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 2005
CLOSE-OUT INSTRUCTIONS!

CANCEL ANY OPEN ORDERS AND PLACE A DAY-LIMIT ORDER TO SELL (TO CLOSE) THE
AMERADA HESS FEBRUARY 75.00 CALL (AHCBO) AT 7.20 OR BETTER.

IF THIS POSITION HAS NOT BEEN CLOSED BY 11:15 A.M. EASTERN TIME, CANCEL
YOUR DAY-LIMIT ORDER AND PLACE AN ORDER TO SELL (TO CLOSE) AT THE CURRENT
MARKET PRICE.

THIS OPTION IS CURRENTLY BID AT 7.30, ASKED AT 7.60.

AHC IS CURRENTLY AT 81.15.

WE RECOMMEND EXITING THIS POSITION.