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9:00 AM EST, Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Short notes:

+ Big bear Richard Russell is turning bullish. He writes yesterday:

...The two Dow Jones Averages are within striking distance of their June highs. If, and I emphasize IF, both Averages can close above their June highs, I will consider the primary trend of the market as having turned bullish under Dow Theory.

All in all, this has been one of the strangest and most difficult periods I've had to deal with in recent years. I make no excuses. I have faithfully followed Dow Theory from start to finish during the years 2008 and 2009. If the market wants to be tricky and difficult, it just makes it that much harder for me writing these daily sites. I've ignored the bullish action of my own PTI in deference to Dow Theory.

... the Industrials are just 29 points ABOVE their June 12 close, but the Transports are not quite there yet. My PTI remains bullish, which suggests that in due time, the Transports "should" confirm. If they do confirm the new high in the Industrials, with my PTI bullish and the Dow Theory also bullish, it is obvious that I must climb aboard the bull train.

+ Loving a product is no reason to buy the company. Hating one is no reason to sell it. I increasingly hate my BlackBerry. The iPhone is a 100% better phone. But Research in Motion's stock skyrockets. Go figure. (I'm waiting to switch. There's a reason.)

+ Eating late at night is stupid. I did last night. I feel positively awful this morning.

+ Oppenheimer loves STEC (which I had bought a little of) and has raised its guidance to $45 from $30. It writes, "As a follow-up to a recent, 12-month, $28M US military contract, STEC brought out the big gun today (checks suggest EMC), and announced a $120M ZeusIOPS contract for 2H. Relative to our prior model that included ~$60-$70M contribution from EMC, this news raises our model by $50M. Looking ahead to '10, we now expect rev from EMC alone of >$250M, vs. our old model for total ZeusIOPS rev of ~$300M. Thus, we are raising our '09/'10 EPS ests to $1.43/$2.22. Our call for $2/plus in EPS power in '10 now lacks imagination, but with $2/sh-plus at hand in '10 (emphasis on "plus"), we think STEC deserves a better multiple (20x). Reiterate STEC as our one, long-term, secular pick." For the research report, click here.

+ Goldman Sachs: The Great American Bubble Machine. Remember the great article on Goldman Sachs by Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone finally posted the article to their site. If you haven't read it (and you should), click here.

+ The summer is not over. Deer ticks still abound. People are still getting Lyme Disease. Please don't venture into the woods. Dangers lurk.

+ From Blackstone's annual meeting,

What We Got Wrong: (1) We expected a normal recession, not a collapse; (2) We expected tighter credit, not failure of our financial system; (3) We forgot some lessons of the past; (4) We let the continuing ebullient activity around us undercut our resolve; (5) We made too many new investments.

+ Professor Roubini's predictions on the economy actually match older theories on buying stock before the economy turns. Hence, through he predicts the end of the recession in December 2009 and slow 1% growth in 2010 and 2011, he does come across as somewhat bullish on the stockmarket.

For his latest interview on CNBC -- the man loves cameras -- Click here.

+ BYDDF (Buiild Your Dreams), the Chinese electric car company, is at new highs. Russell writes, Having started back in 1995 as a rechargeable battery manufacturer BYD has expanded quickly and now employs around 130,000 people via 11 factories around the world, 8 of which are in China. The US operation is fairly small at the moment although there are plans to increase this as and when the BYD F3DM is introduced to the US market. There are many aspects of the business which seem to have attracted Warren Buffett, including the electric vehicle division, the man behind the business and ultimately the fact that he refused Buffett's initial request of a 25% stake! There are few people in the world who would readily turn down an investment in their company from Warren Buffett and manage to negotiate him down to a much lower equity stake. This appears to have been taken as a reflection of the confidence that Wang Chuan-Fu has in his own ability and in his company. The revenue split for BYD in 2008 of was $1.7 billion cellphones and components, $900,000 batteries, $1.3 billion automobile and others accounted for $300,000 although it is fully expected that the automobile operation, which is fundamentally electric cars and hybrid vehicles, will significantly surpass all other areas of the business in the future.

By the way, get on Google and click "Charlie Munger on BYD."

A board of directors that works
Schwartz, Cohen and Ginsburg, were close friends since childhood. They decided they'd go into business together.

Schwartz says: "OK! I'll invest $100,000."

Cohen says he'll put in $200,000.

Ginsburg says: "Alright, I'll put in $50."

Cohen says, "If I'm putting in $200,000, I'll be the President and CEO of the corporation. Schwartz, for your $100,000, you can be Vice President and CFO, and Ginsburg, for your $50 you will be our Sexual Adviser."

Puzzled, Ginsburg asks Cohen, "What is a Sexual Adviser?"

Cohen replies, "When we want your fucking advice, we'll ask for it."

Where do I come from?
A little girl asked her father: 'How did the human race appear?' The father answered, 'God made Adam and Eve; they had children; and so was all mankind made.'

Two days later the girl asked her mother the same question. The mother answered, Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.'

The confused girl returned to her father and said, 'Dad, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Mom said they developed from monkeys?'

The father answered, 'Well, Dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family, and your mother told you about hers.'

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