Samedi 20 août 2011

Among IBD’s 197 industry groups

Among IBD’s 197 industry groups, oil and mining stocks were strong. Restaurants and computer networking and Cheap Ugg Boots software stocks were weak.

Cloud-based business software provider (CRM) advanced 3% in heavy volume. Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock from equal weight to overweight. The stock is a member of IBD’s Big Cap 20.

Deckers Outdoor (DECK) popped 2% in 30% faster volume as it retook its 50-day moving average. The Ugg boots maker cleared a base in February but triggered the 8% sell rule in mid-March. The decline eventually evolved into a base on base, which Deckers cleared in low volume in April. But shares fell more than 8% from the buy point. Now Deckers is consolidating again.

n has worn it all — from big hair to big shoulders to big ball gowns. She’s gone with makeup and without, hidden her lumps under Spanx, and showed off her curves in skinny jeans. She is America’s fashion realist.

Beyond what she’s worn herself, Oprah has been influential in bringing fashion into America’s living rooms, and putting it in the pantheon of pop culture. Bridging the divide between Seventh Avenue and Main Street, she’s invited such designers as J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors onto her show. Extending their democratic reach may have added fuel to the phenomenon of designers launching inexpensive lines and one-time cheap chic UGG Classic Tall Boots collaborations.

Oprah treated countless members of her audience to makeovers with experts such as Bobbi Brown and Frederic Fekkai. And the styles she featured on her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” holiday freebie bonanzas famously sold out within hours (including Ugg boots and cashmere cable knit Ralph Lauren sweaters). Just last week, she visited Ralph Lauren’s Telluride Ranch. (Oprah introduced Lauren when he received a special award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2007.)

But Oprah has also reflected the struggles most women have fitting into fashion, both literally and figuratively. We watched her weight go up and down, and sympathized when she was snubbed at the Hermes store in Paris. Her weakness for expensive Christian Louboutin shoes — or any shoes really — is well known, and totally relatable. She featured the French designer’s shoes on the show, calling them “little pieces of sculpture” and once gifted Jessica Seinfeld 21 pairs.

Medical-waste management company Stericycle (SRCL) fell 1% in more than twice its usual volume, a day after diving under Cheap Ugg Boots  its 50-day line.

Cigarette maker Lorillard (LO) fell 2% in strong volume. It was the sharpest loss since the stock cleared a consolidation in March. Lorillard is only 3% off its 52-week high. Defensive stocks, such as tobacco, have been leaders in recent months.
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A prop’s hand on the ground

touch-judges, unlike those who have been on blinkered Super 15 duty in recent weeks, there could be all sorts of crucial decisions.

A prop’s hand on the ground at a scrum, Bailey Button Ugg Boots a defender with half his foot in front of the offside line, someone (as Richie McCaw discovered against the Reds) pinged for a breakdown infraction he did not understand – are all scenarios which could decide quarters, semis or the final.Sanzar referees manager Lyndon Bray has publicly admitted a drop in refereeing standards, so you can bet in private he was even more scathing.

New York for his book tour. One of them is Asheville.

“As everyone knows, it’s just a cool town,” Ugg Bailey Button Boots says Goulian. “A man in a skirt: You need a cross-dresser-friendly community.” (He’ll be going to West Hollywood and San Francisco as well. At his Malaprop’s reading event, “the first five guys through the door in a skirt get a free copy” of the book.) But Asheville is special to Goulian because it’s where his sister-in-law grew up, where his brother (who now lives in Raleigh) got married in 1995 and where Goulian’s friend, singer/songwriter Gary Jules, lives.

Jules (who covered Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” for Donnie Darko) grew up the seaside resort town of La Jolla, Calif. So did Robin Wright Penn, Gregory Peck, Raquel Welch, Gore Verbinski … and Goulian, whose adolescent claim to fame was, according to his book: “It is early June 1986. Prom night. I am wearing white tights, black pumps, a black skirt, a red bow tie and red lipstick. And a Viking hat, which I bought for 10 bucks at a costume shop.”

In fact, Goulian’s personal style — skirts, high heels, makeup and body art, began to evolve when, at the age of 16, he abruptly gave up soccer and scholastic striving and became what he calls “a sexually neutered androgyne.”

Skirt (the title a nod to the 1955 Sloan Wilson novel, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit) is Goulian’s account of his journey thus far, from his fairly typical youth (sports, good grades, over-achieving older brothers and a doting family with high expectations) to a seemingly directionless adulthood underscored by a laundry list of phobias. Death and decay, being robbed by cabbies, attacked by junkies, struck by falling stonework or contracting lung cancer from secondhand smoke number among the perspective perils that plague Goulian.

Even from the safety of the stands – and certainly when you view games on television – passes thrown backwards seem to be in the minority. An awful lot are called flat; so was the world a while back.

There seems to be a leniency for lineout throws depending on where the hooker stands, and every now and then a ref calls a halfback for an incorrect scrum feed and lets the rest go. Breakdowns are deteriorating into advertisements for sides in possession ramping Ugg Classic Tall Boots and sealing off the ball, players are often in front of teammates who have punted the ball downfield.

At the rate Super 15 is being refereed, the World Cup will be decided by someone slipping a bind and being penalised for having a steadying hand on the ground. At worst, that offence should be a freekick, but this year it is a penalty and an avenue to win the World Cup.
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