Markman Capital Insight

Is Yahoo! Really Worth Nothing?

March 30th, 2015

Academics love to say that the market is efficient and reflects all publicly available information with Vulcan-like logic and lack of emotion.Yet any third-grader with experience in a sandbox knows that's not true. Manias, panics, enthusiasm, dejection, envy and regret cloud traders' judgements, and result in persistent mispricing.It looks like some...

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Can GoPro Get Back its Mojo?

March 26th, 2015

In the era of Facebook (FB) triumphalism, action camera innovator GoPro (GPRO) seemed to capture the zeitgeist of social media braggadocio. It's small, powerful video cameras and body mounting accessories enabled everyone to upload clips of their best X-Games inspired stunts and travel experiences. Shares surged from summertime lows near $37.50 to...

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Darden cooks up new highs

March 25th, 2015

While all the focus has been on the Federal Reserve over the past week, and stocks overall have paused for breath, companies like Darden (DRI) are being rewarded for doing the good work of capitalism: Growing, building, expanding, finding efficiencies, and ultimately expanding earnings. A solid quarterly report last week has unleashed a torrent of...

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Gemini VF1 Grabs 5.4% Profit

March 19th, 2015

Gemini VF1, which trades the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) futures, logged a $1,350 gross profit, or +5.4%, for its $25k model portfolio on Wednesday after a fourteen-day trading sequence that involved four contracts.The system is now up $6,500 gross for the year, or 26%. That's more than double its annual subscription fee with...

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Can Intel Bounce Back?

March 16th, 2015

The chips are down. Or at least the ones in elder care are. The Philadepihia Semiconductor Index more than doubled from late 2012 to a high earlier this month. It's been a solid, nearly unblemished advance powered by excitement over the internet of things (everyday objects connected digitally) and excitement about a PC upgrade cycle after Microsoft...

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Transports Slow Down

March 13th, 2015

In the two years between late 2012 and late 2014, transportation stocks -- cargo and people movers like UPS (UPS), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and CSX (CSX) --  were the place the be. TheDow Jones Transportation Average gained nearly 90% in a rise that was as unstoppable as a freight train; more than double the...

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The Drag of a Strong Dollar

March 12th, 2015

The setbacks this week have pushed the S&P 500 under its 50-day moving average for the first time since January, and the benchmark index is now down 1% for the year.The damage is getting serious: The percentage of NYSE stocks above their 50-day moving average has declined to just 44%. And this is not a matter of a bunch of nobodies getting hit....

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Gemini TY nails 9.7% gain shorting Treasurys

March 7th, 2015

Our bond futures programs Gemini TY completed its first sequence of the year Friday for a big $1,953.08 gross profit.The system started shorting the 10 Year Note (TY) futures  on Jan. 15, and ultimately over the course of the next 50 days traded seven contracts, as you can see in the table below.Bonds are traded in 32nds rather than decimals....

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