The day before Thanksgiving saw the averages push higher as
volume slowly disappeared once the afternoon session started
winding down. .
We are starting to hear our first previews of what "Black
Friday" may look like sales-wise, as well as other reports
questioning if Wal-Mart Stores (
) is "evil" for opening on Thanksgiving. I'll leave that impression
up to my readers, but I do have some comments about the whole
"Black Friday" hoopla below.
As for the markets, we were focusing on earnings plays like
Deere & Co. (
), and Scholastic Corp (
) which saw strong selling on their reports. We were also keeping
tabs on how Apple (
) traded, and how much of the recent bounce the share price will be
able to maintain. It's mostly a psychological tell for us as we
take the temperature of the markets and whether the
retail/institutional investor will end up drawing lines in the sand
defending their position in the most popular and most widely owned
investment idea on the planet. It was a tough day for shares of St.
Jude Medical (
) as the company's stock sank 12% on concerns over the company's
recent heart device product.
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The Fallacy of Black Friday
As consumers get set to make a break for the stores this Friday
(some will be open Thursday night to help those who may have eaten
a bit too much digest a bit better) and get the "deals of a
lifetime," the reality is the prices seen on Friday will likely be
even better if people wait one extra week and not have to scramble
like lunatics. I get the idea that people love to do the Black
Friday experience because they will save some more money than maybe
they would have otherwise, but if they just stepped back and looked
at the reality of the economics of their decision, they probably
wouldn't spend Thanksgiving worrying about the next event.
In life, we don't get too many chances to be around our extended
family and catch up on how life is outside our own little circle.
That's what holidays are for. Sure, we'll be shaking our heads at
times at what we hear, but it's our family, we expect them to be
all over the map when we don't see people for a long time. Pay no
mind to the media inciting the shopping chaos. They know no better
and are simply pumping up the advertisers that help keep them in
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