Weekly Watch List

LQDT (12/25/11, +0.00%)
MA (9/24/11, +12.20%)
ULTA (11/13/11, -8.42%)
ALXN (7/24/11, +17.12%)
GOLD (12/11/11, -3.80%)
DLTR (9/4/11, +16.92%)
DG (9/4/11, +14.31%)
HANS (10/16/11, +0.60%)
NUS (8/28/11, +22.64%)
AUY (12/25/11, +0.00%)
TJX (11/27/11, +11.17%)
TSCO (12/04/11, -4.08%)
VRSK (12/18/11, +0.58%)
CXO (12/04/11, -8.82%)
RGLD (10/30/11, -3.83%)
AAP (12/11/11, -0.04%)

AUY (12/25/11, +0.00%)
LQDT (12/25/11, +0.00%)

RL (11/27/11, +0.36%)

Last week, all the major U.S. indexes moved higher. The NYSE composite jumped 3.9%, the S&P 500 gained 3.7%, the Dow added 3.6% and the Nasdaq moved up 2.5%. Although it would have been nice to see it occur on higher volume, Tuesday was a follow through day and changed the IBD outlook to “confirmed uptrend”. It’s safe to make new purchases again.

This week, five watch list stocks are at or near proper buy points. LQDT, trading at $36.03, broke out of a late stage cup base and has settled just below a $36.22 buy point. MA, trading at $378.15, is still within 5% of a $362.04 buy point. ALXN, trading at $69.08, is forming a flat base with potential buy point of $70.42. DLTR, trading at $83.26, is in a four weeks tight pattern with a potential buy point of $84.09. DG, trading at $41.22, is just past a $40.81 buy point off a flat base.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

That Didn’t Take Long

U.S. troops have been out of Iraq for what, less than a day now?

Iraq issues arrest warrant for vice president Hashemi

Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a senior security official said on Monday, after the government obtained confessions linking him to what the official described as terrorist activities.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Major General Adel Daham, told a news conference that confessions by suspects identified as Hashemi’s bodyguards linked the vice president to suspected killings and attacks.

See also:
Iraq issues arrest warrant for Tareq al-Hashemi
Iraq issues arrest warrant for Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi
Iraq in political turmoil hours after last US troops depart
Iraq: left to the wolves
Arrest warrant for Vice President Hashemi sparks political turmoil in Iraq
VP arrest warrant plunges Iraq into crisis
Iraq faces political crisis as the arrest warrant to Sunni VP al-Hashemi
Sunni, Shi’ite conflict grows in Iraq
Iraq Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi denies charge
Evading arrest, Iraqi VP denies hit squad claim
Iraq Vice-President denies he ran hit squad
Iraq’s Sunni vice President Tareq al-Hashemi warns sectarian divisions reopened
Iraq vice-president declares unity efforts ‘gone’
Iraq slaps travel ban on Sunni vice-president
Iraqi Sunni leaders denounce PM Maliki
U.S. “obviously concerned” about Iraqi Hashemi probe
Fugitive Iraq Sunni V.P. Tariq al-Hashimi Criticizes U.S.

It’s painfully clear what’s going on here. With the U.S. military now out of the way, the Shia led Iraqi government, backed by Iran, is wasting no time flexing its muscle and settling old scores against the Iraqi Sunni minority. Can you say looming civil war?

/and now we’ve pretty much given up our ability to effectively intervene militarily in Iraq, leaving Iran as the only regional military power capable of “riding to the rescue” of the Iraqi government, who just happen to be Iranian puppets anyway

Weekly Watch List

ULTA (11/13/11, -7.38%)
ALXN (7/24/11, +12.53%)
MA (9/24/11, +7.46%)
GOLD (12/11/11, -6.18%)
DLTR (9/4/11, +16.30%)
HANS (10/16/11, +1.61%)
DG (9/4/11, +13.75%)
TSCO (12/04/11, -1.57%)
NUS (8/28/11, +22.25%)
RGLD (10/30/11, -3.61%)
TJX (11/27/11, +5.77%)
VRSK (12/18/11, +0.00%)
AAP (12/11/11, -3.24%)
CXO (12/04/11, -9.15%)
RL (11/27/11, +0.24%)

VRSK (12/18/11, +0.00%)

DECK (11/27/11, +6.60%)

Last week, all the major U.S. indexes moved lower. The Dow lost 2.6%, the S&P 500 gave up 2.8%, the Nasdaq moved down 3.5%, and the NYSE composite dropped 3.6%. The IBD outlook remains at “market in correction”. It looks like Europe has mugged Santa and stolen his rally. Raise cash and continue to play defense.

With the market in correction, none of the watch list stocks can be considered as buy candidates.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

Tuesday Fun With Microsoft

The new patches are here, the new patches are here!

Microsoft Patches 17 Bugs in December Patch Tuesday

Microsoft fixed 17 bugs in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. The fixes also cover a zero-day flaw exploited by the Duqu Trojan.

Microsoft released 13 security bulletins to fix 17 different vulnerabilities as part of its December Patch Tuesday update, according to the advisory released Dec. 8. Three bulletins were marked critical and the remaining 10 were rated important.

See also:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2011
Merry Christmas! Microsoft Plans Massive Patch Tuesday to Close 2011
Last Patch Tuesday of 2011 Secures Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
December 2011 Patch Tuesday sees 13 Microsoft bulletins, Duqu patch
Microsoft fixes 20 bugs in year’s last ‘Patch Tuesday’
Microsoft to patch three critical holes
Microsoft slims final patch Tuesday of 2011 to 13 patches from proposed 14
No BEAST fix from Microsoft in December patch batch
Microsoft fixes Duqu hole, but not BEAST problem
Microsoft scratches BEAST patch at last minute, but fixes Duqu bug
December Patch Tuesday Fixes Duqu Worm
‘Duqu’ zero-day Windows flaw patched this week
Microsoft: Duqu patched, bringing years total to 99 corrections

Well, it’s a good thing that Microsoft finally patched against the Duqu virus, better late than never, as they say. What are you waiting for? Start installing your gifts!

/at least you can’t say Microsoft didn’t get you anything for the Holidays

Weekly Watch List

ULTA (11/13/11, +2.36%)
MA (9/24/11, +11.98%)
ALXN (7/24/11, +10.31%)
GOLD (12/11/11, +0.00%)
DLTR (9/4/11, +15.92%)
RGLD (10/30/11, +8.49%)
TSCO (12/04/11, +1.74%)
HANS (10/16/11, +2.94%)
CXO (12/04/11, -2.25%)
DG (9/4/11, +12.15%)
NUS (8/28/11, +27.16%)
TJX (11/27/11, +7.66%)
RL (11/27/11, +6.04%)
DECK (11/27/11, +6.60%)
AAP (12/11/11, +0.00%)

AAP (12/11/11, +0.00%)
GOLD (12/11/11, +0.00%)

LULU (11/27/11, +3.33%)
SPRD (11/27/11, -5.10%)
VRSK (11/27/11, +4.74%)

Last week, the major U.S. indexes were volatile, but finished slightly higher. The Dow gained 1.4%, the S&P 500 moved up 0.9%, the Nasdaq gained 0.8%, and the NYSE composite tacked on 0.7%. The IBD outlook remains at “market in correction”. They put a patch on Europe, but they didn’t fix it. The markets could easily go either way in a hurry here. Keep your powder dry, protect any gains and cut losses short. Don’t make any new purchases unless Santa shows up with a confirmed rally, an approximate 2% session gain on one or more of the major indexes, on volume greater than the day before.

With the market in correction, none of the watch list stocks can be considered as buy candidates.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

Romulans Uncloaked?

Whatever it is, it’s rather large and doesn’t appear until hit by the solar flare.

An alien spacecraft parked next to Mercury?

A giant object the size of a planet that appeared lurking near Mercury in a NASA footage has caught the attention of alien-hunters who say it could be a “cloaked” spaceship parked near the planet.

The object appears from nowhere in a sequence of images of a coronal ejection from the Sun taken by NASA’s STEREO spacecraft.

In the footage, one sees a huge spurt of plasma and other solar ejecta washing over Mercury; peculiarly, the material seems to flare up as it hits another nearby object, too.

“It’s cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it’s cloaked,” YouTube-user siniXster said in his commentary on the footage which has gone viral and been viewed by more than 100,000 users on the video-sharing site.

See also:
Cloaked UFO Spotted Near Mercury? Solar Flare Stirs Debate [VIDEO]
Is this an alien spacecraft parked next to Mercury? Giant object the size of a planet has astronomers baffled
What’s that mysterious object spotted near Mercury?
Large, Mysterious Planet-Sized Object Spotted Near Mercury
Massive alien death star spotted parked by Mercury. Possibly
‘Spacecraft’ spotted near Mercury
Video: UFO Sighting Near Mercury or Natural Phenomenon?
Giant, cloaked UFO near Mercury, or just an after-image?
Mysterious “UFO” Footage Near Mercury Debunked
Cloaked UFO Spotted Near Mercury Is Actually Mercury [Video]
STEREO Spacecraft

Oh sure, the “experts” will tell you that it’s a video artifact, a ghost image of Mercury’s position from the previous day. But who are you going to believe, the “experts” or your own lying eyes? If the “experts” knew it was a gigantic, cloaked Romulan spaceship, do you think they’d tell you and cause mass societal panic? I don’t think so.

/remember, The Truth Is Out There, Trust No One

Operation AI

It was seventy years ago today . . .

Nation pauses to remember Pearl Harbor

Survivors of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor gathered Wednesday to remember the 2,400 people who lost their lives exactly 70 years ago.

“Just as every day and unlike any other day, we stop and stand fast in memory of our heroes of Pearl Harbor and the Second World War,” Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander for Navy region Hawaii, told the gathering.

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus took note of the devastating legacy of the two-hour attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago.

“The history of December 7, 1941, is indelibly imprinted on the memory of every American who was alive that day. But it bears repeating on every anniversary, so that every subsequent generation will know what happened here today and never forget,” Mabus said.

See also:
Nation marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor Day: Survivors remember attack, pay respects on 70th anniversary
Nation marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Survivors, veterans mark somber Pearl Harbor remembrance
Pearl Harbor survivor remembers day of infamy
Senator Inouye Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack’s ‘Black Puffs of Explosion’
Pearl Harbor survivors group says it will disband
Veteran Of Pearl Harbor Dies On Anniversary Of Attack
Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death
Pearl Harbor survivors who lived until their 90s have their ashes interred in their ships
Overview of The Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941
Attack at Pearl Harbor, 1941
Attack on Pearl Harbor

Never forget.

/and more importantly, never let it happen again