Barron's Weekend Headline Summary - November 20, 2006posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 11/20/2006 05:47:00 AM
Requiem for Floor Traders
The modernization of the NYSE is good news for investors. But for floor
traders, the writing's on the wall: It won't be long before computers
make them obsolete.
Companies Mentioned: NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE NYX), Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings (Nasdaq CME), CBOT Holdings, Inc. (NYSE BOT), LaBranche & Co., Inc. (NYSE LAB), Van der Moolen N.V. ADR (NYSE VDM), Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (Nasdaq NDAQ), Knight Capital Group Inc. (Nasdaq NITE)
Losing the Magic?
Leading U.S. mortgage-insurer MGIC is standing on shaky ground.
Companies Mentioned: MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE MTG)
The Buck Won't Stop Here
The U.S. dollar will strengthen against other currencies in coming
Companies Mentioned: CurrencyShares Euro Trust (NYSE FXE)
David and Lyric Hughes Hale are a power couple with insights on the
global economy -- and the challenges ahead for the U.S.
UP & DOWN WALL STREET
The End of Hunger
The USDA waves its magic wand. Fair warning: Everything is back to
normal. Too many bulls.
Companies Mentioned: iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE IYF)
Buying Bonanza The indexes climb as money managers vie to get in on year-end action.
Companies Mentioned: US Airways, US Steel, Verizon Communications, Idearc, RH Donnelly, Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc., Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR Fund, Clear Channel Communications, Reader's Digest Association.
INTERNATIONAL TRADER - ASIA
Its market could get knocked if U.S. growth drops. But there are still
positive equity plays.
Companies Mentioned: Singapore Fund (NYSE SGF), iShares MSCI Singapore Index Fund (ETF) (NYSE EWS), Captandum, Kelpie Land, City Developments Limited (SIN:C09), Kelpie Corp, Memory Devices Limited (SIN: M45)