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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Brainstorming - part 1

1. Unusual high activity of put buying throughout the day so far very much concentrated in short term options like 119 and 120 qqq SPX puts April and MAY QQQQ 48 puts on a quick review.

All Securities
TimeCallsPutsTotalISEE
12:1023556135073058629167
11:5021036433200554236963
11:3019344530639449983963
11:1017735929500647236560
10:5015942927461643404558
10:3013165920617133783064
10:109356314608323964664
09:50529119700214991355
All Equities Only
CallsPutsTotalISEE
204251127957332208160
179692121953301645147
16509499625264719166
15165993589245248162
13617783044219221164
11382467522181346169
8212544540126665184
469772982876805157
All Indices & ETFs Only
CallsPutsTotalISEE
3127022275525402514
3063221003424066615
2832120675123507214
2567020139922706913
2322319155421477712
1780913863115644013
1141210153911295111
593367172731059

2. The new MacBook line introduced today comes with a hefty price increase of over 10% , might be a marketing strategy to hook more on the IPAD line. Since Apple works with steep margins that might be a mistake as they price themselves out of the sweet spot for a growing market share. Starting at 1800$ for a 15 inch notebook is too much even with improved tech features - now would have been the time to rather drop prices to push for a real market share against Microsoft. Especially considering that Obama will introduce a federal sales tax (VAT) at some point very likely after mid term elections rather making everything more expensive.

MacBook Pro

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