Archive for January, 2007

I apologize for the lack of Snapshots. I have been on an unexpected weight loss program which hopefully is drawing to a close.

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Snapshot 1/24/2007

Amex Equity Volume 49,526,744

VanEck

GDX Comp. 704,700 Amex 194,600

SLX Comp. 15,800

EVX Comp.600

PowerShares

PGF Comp. 48,800 Amex 39,900

DB/PowerShares Commodity ETFs Comp. 405,100 Amex 270,500

DBA Comp. 363,300 Amex 240,500 (volume winner)

Claymore 7(old) Comp. 230,300 Amex 98,600

EEB(BRIC) Comp. 152,700

CVY(HOG) Comp. 40,900

UCR Comp. 9,000

DCR Comp. 5,700

Claymore 4(new) Comp. 30,700 Amex 23,100

DEF Comp. 9,900

CSD(SpinOff) Comp.10,300

OTP(Patent) Comp. 4,200

GRN Comp. 4,200 (nice to see a socially responsible ETF do better).

ProShares 12 Comp. 6,499,400 Amex 1,470,100

ProShares 6 (NEW) tomorrow

SAA(Ultra SmallCap600)

UWM(Ultra Russell2000)

SBB(Short SmallCap600)

RWM(Short Russell2000)

SDD(UltraShortCap600)

TWM(UltraShort Russell2000)

WisdomTree 30 NYSE Comp. 1,102,300 Amex 614,800 55.7%

Great day!

RYDEX Comp. 23,000

Barclays

DSI Comp. 4,600

IWR NYSE Comp. 205,200 Amex(secondary) 56,900 27.73%

Barclays8(new debt NYSE) Comp. 39,700

SSGA

RWX Comp. 299,400 Amex 270,000 90.18%

CWI Comp. 52,700 Amex 27,800

My Hero- Colonel Fox (name changed).

In September of 1968 the Recon. Platoon of the Second Battalion, 38th Infantry (The Rock of the Marne) was operating as the Quick Reaction Force/Strike Force for the Battalion. The mission was to move quickly to any possible sighting or contact with possible North Korean infiltrators who might be trying to cross into South Korea.

On the night of the 18th of September, the Strike Force received a radio call that there had been a penetration of the fence line. The unit of 25 men moved out quickly (reaction time was 2 minutes, 24 hours a day). Infiltrators typically moved along stream beds until they reached the Imjin River and then swam across in the dark of night.

The Strike Force moved to a point where one of the streams passed between a dirt road and an old Korean War vintage mine field. The unit surmised that infiltrators would hide in the mine field. After a 20 minute wait, movement was detected in the stream bed. A flare was popped and the movement stopped quickly just into the tall grass that covered the minefield.

The Strike Force reported the possible location of the infiltrators and held in position until first light.

The 2nd Division sent in an all Korean Counter Insurgency Company. The moved into position along the edge of the minefield, blocking access to the Imjin River. A large force of US troops moved to the other side of the minefield in blocking positions.

A fierce firefight broke out. Within 15 minutes the South Korean unit suffered multiple casualties (2 dead and 7 wounded). The Strike Force offered its services to evacuate the casualties and resupply the South Koreans with ammunition. The General in charge agreed to the request and the Strike Force drove out onto the beach to a position near the South Koreans. Ammunition  was unloaded and several of the wounded in the vicinity were carried into the APC (one of the four that existed-previous post). The members of the Strike Force that would not fit in the now full APC, spread out along the beach to prevent an escape by the infiltrators. Over the next 7 hours, several more trips were made to evacuate wounded and dead South Koreans. During the entire period the Strike Force was under intense enemy fire but was lucky enough to suffer no casualties. At one point part of the Strike Force moved into positions with the South Koreans and were able to determine that several infiltrators had been wounded. At one point, one of them committed suicide by setting off one of his grenades.

After roughly 10 hours the Strike Force brought in 2 more APCs and the unit drove up a steep embankment and into the minefield in an effort to overcome the last North Korean resistance. The four infiltrators were overrun (one was alive and escaped through the South Korean line). After the final assault the unit retired to the beach where they had been pinned down for all those hours. Several more South Korean casualties were brought down to the beach and a single APC drove in from the road. All firing had stopped at this point and the Strike Force and the Counter Insurgency Company were unwinding on the beach.

The APC pulled up and the rear door was dropped. The troops picked up two two dead South Koreans and moved to load them into the newly arrived APC. They were blocked by a Full Bull Colonel. Colonel Fox-the Deputy Brigade Commander. He weighed 400 pounds and spent most of his time playing the slots at the Officers Club. He pulled out his 38 revolver and started shooting in the air. Naturally all on the beach hot the deck assuming they were under fire by remaining North Koreans. When the South Korean Platoon Leader and the Strike Force Platoon leader realized what was happening they jointly disarmed Colonel Fox, pushed him into the APC and sent him off the beach. One of the dead didn’t make that trip due to the Colonel’s girth.

Nine members of the US Strike Force were decorated for Valor  for their actions that day. They received the Army Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor. This is the Army’s lowest decoration for Valor.

Colonel Fox received A Bronze Star with “V’ for Valor for his actions that day.

Several months later Colonel Fox issued a Letter of Reprimand to the Strike Force Platoon leader for having failed to shoot an infiltrator at a range of 300 yards. The letter was rescinded by the Commanding General.

Snapshot 1/23/2007

American Stock Exchange Equity Volume 52,001,172

VanEck

GDX Comp. Vol. 1,456,200 (great volume) Amex 181,800 12.4%.

SLX Comp.8,900

EVX Comp. 3,400

PowerShares PGF Comp.89,200 Amex 77,700

DB/PowerShares Commodity ETFs 7. Comp.632,700

DBA Comp. 542,400 Amex 505,800

DBO Comp. 30,500

Claymore 7 (old) Comp. 382,900 Amex 163,900 43%

EEB (BRIC) Comp. 213,500 Amex 106,200

CVY (HOG) Comp. 51,700 Amex 18,000

UCR Comp. 17,800

DCR Comp. 2,700

Claymore 4 (new) Comp. 23,300 Amex 17,600

DEF Comp. 11,300

CSD (spinoff) Comp. 8,100

OTP (Patent) Comp. 3,800

GRN Comp. 100

ProShares 12 Comp. 6,275,500 Amex 1,747,600

All had decent to great volume.

Look for 6 new ProShares ETFs on January 25 and 22 more on Feb. 1.

WisdomTree  30 (NYSE) Comp. 1,188,400 NYSE 768,000 64.6%

RYDEX Comp. 11,100

Barclays

DSI Comp. 1,100

IWR Comp 174,700 Amex(as secondary) 22,200 12,71%

Barclays 8 Debt(NYSE) Comp.29,100

SSGA

RWX Comp. 368,500(includes creation of 200,000) Amex 132,400.

CWI Comp. 45,800 Amex 29,500

Snapshot 1/22/2007

Amex Equity Volume 47,987,032

VanEck

GDX Comp. 534,600 Amex 64,200 12%.

SLX Comp.2,200

EVX Comp.3,300

PowerShares PGF Comp.23,800

DB/PowerShares Commodity ETFs 7. Comp.401,800  Amex 287,700.

DBA Comp. 296,700

DBO Comp. 28,300

DBE Comp. 54,600

Claymore 7 (old) Comp.191,800 Amex 99,100.

EEB(BRIC) Comp. 110,200 Amex 51,400

CVY(HOG) Comp. 36,400 Amex 17,300

UCR Comp/ 5,800

DCR Comp. 12,800

Claymore 4(new) Comp.30,300 Amex 20,200

DEF Comp. 5,800

CSD 14,700

ProShares 12 Comp. 7,546,000 Amex 1,979,700   26%

QID Comp. 4,465,000

WisdomTree 30 NYSE Comp. 851,900 NYSE 635,500 75%

RYDEX Comp. 14,300

Barclays

DSI Comp. 14,600 Amex 14,500  Good volume.

IWR Comp. 265,400 Amex (as secondary) 56,300 21.21%

Barclays 8 (debt) NYSE Comp. 9,200

SSGA

RWX 89,200 Amex 85,500 95.85%

Snapshot 1/19/2007

American Stock Exchange Equity Volume 49,806,636.

VanEck

GDX Comp. 484,200 Amex 91,600 18.92%.

SLX Comp. 5,400.

EVX Comp. 3,600.

PowerShares PGF Comp.24,000 Amex 17,300.

DB/PowerShares Commodities ETFs Comp. 486,300 Amex 332,800 68%.

DBA Comp. 349,300 Amex 281,900 Still the volume winner.

DBO Comp. 96,100 Amex 15,800.

Claymore 7(old) Comp.203,000 Amex 121,200

EEB (BRIC) Comp. 129,600 Amex 85,400 67%.

CVY (HOG) Comp. 32,100 Amex 18,700 58%.

UCR Comp. 2,800.

DCR Comp. 9,800.

Claymore 4 (new) Comp. 17,600 Amex 12,400.

DEF. Comp 9,800.

CSD Comp. 3,100.

ProShares 12 Comp.8,797,000 Amex 2,044,500 23%.

WisdomTree (NYSE) Comp. 550,200 Amex 407,900

Barclays Debt 8 (NYSE) Comp. 36,200.

Barclays

IWB Comp. 479,100 Amex(secondary) 14,700=3.07%.

IWR Comp. 146,500 Amex(secondary) 25,200=17.20%.

SSGA

RWX Comp. 193,500 Amex 168,600 87%.

CWI Comp. 210,000 Amex 174,200 83%.

Snapshot 1/17/2007

American Stock Exchange Equity Volume 43,681,552

VanEck

GDX Comp. 703,000 Amex 309,800.

SLX Comp 4,300 Amex 4,300.

EVX Comp. 900 Amex 300.

PowerShares PGF Comp. 40,100 Amex 18,800.

DB/PowerShares Commodity ETFs (7) Comp 593,900 Amex 471,600.

DBA (Agriculture) Comp. 519,800 Amex 471,600.

DBB 3,700.

DBS 1,300.

DGL 200

DBP 4,200

DBO 51,900

DBE 12,800

Once again the big volume winner is DBA. It pays to be first to a sector.

Claymore 7(old)

EEB(BRIC) Comp. 84,300 Amex 38,000

CVY(HOG) Comp.21,200 Amex 9,500

UCR Comp. 8,200 Amex 5,500

DCR Comp. 22,300 Amex 18,300

Claymore 4(new) Comp. 33,800 Amex 22,800.

DEF Comp. 10,100 Amex 5,000

CSD Comp. 9,400 Amex 5,600

ProShares 12 Comp. 4,949,100 Amex 1,240,000

QID Comp. 3,407,800 Amex 586,100 17%.

WisdomTree 30 (NYSE) Comp. 542,600 NYSE 365,500 67%.

RYDEX Comp. 47,000 Amex 34,000.

Barclays 8 Debt(NYSE) Comp. 29,000

SHV 8,200

IEI 700

TLH 1,800

CSJ 2,000

CIU 600

CFT 500

GVI 700

GBF 14,000

Barclays

DSI Comp 31,600 Amex 29,600 BIG JUMP

IWB Comp 297,800 Amex(as secondary) 15,100 5%.

IWR Comp 163,800 Amex(as secondary) 32,700 20%.

SSGA RWX Comp 222,700 Amex 194,300 87%.

CWI(new) Comp. 953,800 Phenomenal first day.