2008/12/31

Overheard in New York - Best Weekly Quotes

The best Overheard in New York quotes from last week, by your votes:


...You'll Be Proud to Throw Them Over Your Shoulder Like a Continental Soldier

Little girl to mother: Do your boobs hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?
Mother (under breath): You're laughing now, but one day...

--86th & York

Overheard by: Micaela


Wednesday One-Liners Know When to Stop

Bus driver: We should be arriving in Port Authority soon, hopefully at our schedule arrival time, but it all depends on the Lord of the tunnel.

--Port Authority Bus

Overheard by: Emily

M60 bus driver, under breath, to traffic ahead: Mush. Mush. Yeah, mule. Mush. Git along.

--106th & West End

Bus driver on PA: Madam, don't let your children swing on the hand bars...this is not a jail.

--M15 Bus

Overheard by: bonoboxoxo

Funny bus driver in soft-spoken jazz voice: This is Madison Avenue. If this is you, get out. I wish I was getting out. Does anyone know how to get out? Next is Park Avenue...or it's not. Is anyone listening? Thanks for the smile.

--M16 Crosstown Bus

Announcer on bus (waiting for someone to request a stop): Come on, my line's open. Someone dial my number. Come on, you know the number! (a passenger requests a stop) There we go! Thanks for calling! I knew you would!

--M16 Bus

Overheard by: alli


Wednesday One-Liners Fight for Their Right to Potty

Pissing guy on phone: What do you mean you're not going to have sex with me? (entire bathroom laughs hysterically) See! Even these motherfuckers agree with me!

--Bathroom, Madison Square Garden

Overheard by: Bobby

Dad to young son in bathroom stall: Aim in the bowl. Aim in the bowl. Aim in the bowl. Did you aim in the bowl? Did you aim in the bowl? (son comes out of stall) You did! But you didn't flush. One out of two ain't bad.

--Bathroom, Union Square Movie Theater

(constipation grunts and electronic sounds are heard inside next stall)
Guy in next stall, on walkie-talkie
: Hey, Tony, turn the walkie-talkie off when you take a shit!


--Men's Room, Hilton Hotel

Drunk white girl: Oh my god, this bathroom is so dark. How am I supposed to see my vagina?

--East Village

Tall black British guy using the urinal, to himself: Repeat aftah me...you are a rock star! Ah! Yeah!

--5th Avenue


"Hello? Pot to Kettle Here. You're Wednesday One-Liners."

Loud, obnoxious man: I hate loud, obnoxious people!

--Nomad Restaurant

Girl with brutal Long Island twang: It's just, like, if you have a Boston accent, you sound, like, so unintelligent. Like, less intelligent than other people, even if you're smart. The accent makes you sound dumb.

--7 Train

Overheard by: IDigGraves94

Angry black woman: Fuck you! I'm a lady!

--Herald Square

Overheard by: Annearchist

Flamboyantly gay man on the phone: Mom, I hate you, stop being such a faggot!

--46th & 5th

Suit on cell: Yeah? Well, she's a bitch and deserves to die. You wanna know why? Because she's ugly and she talks bad about people.

--47th St & 9th Ave

Tourist chick carrying a Starbucks coffee and three shopping bags to friend: We are the type to visit Wall Street and say capitalism is bullshit!

--Broadway & Cedar

Overheard by: mondoman


Wednesday One-Liners Say "Toro, Toro, Taxi!"

Little girl to father, about pedestrian sign: But I don't want to be a pedestrian! I want to be famous!

--17th & Irving

(pedestrians are crossing when they aren't supposed to. One almost gets hit by a taxi)
Female traffic cop to taxi driver
: Next time, just go ahead and run them over.


--Columbus Circle

Overheard by: momes

Homeless man directing traffic in middle of street: I killed 20,000 people, I ain't afraid of no car! I killed 20,000 people, I ain't afraid of no car!

--Jerry Orbach St

Gangster walking in front of Range Rover: Fuck it, if I'ma getting hit by a car, I'ma getting hit by a nice car.

--Broadway & Houston

Tourist driving car: I don't give a fuck if you own the world! I'm running your ass over!

--Financial District

Overheard by: lex


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Money Rates

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MARKETS DATA CENTER
from The Wall Street Journal Online

MONEY RATES
Wednesday, December 31, 2008


International rates
Prime rates
Latest Wk ago
U.S.
3.25 3.25

Canada
3.50 3.50

Euro zone
2.50 2.50

Japan
1.675 1.675

Switzerland
2.02 2.02

Britain
2.00 2.00

Australia
4.25 4.25

Hong Kong
5.00 5.25


Overnight repurchase
Latest Wk ago
U.S.
0.08 0.13

U.K. (BBA)
1.908 1.767

Euro zone
2.17 2.15


U.S. government rates
Latest Wk ago
Discount
[ Effective Date: 12/16/2008 ]
0.50 0.50

Federal funds
[ Effective Date: 12/16/2008 ]
Effective rate
0.26 0.16
Target rate
0.00-0.25 0.00
High
1.0000 0.5000
Low
0.0000 0.0300
Bid
0.1250 0.0625
Offer
0.2500 0.1250

Treasury bill auction
[ Auction Date: 12/31/2008 ]
4 weeks
0.030 0.000
13 weeks
0.050 0.040
26 weeks
0.250 0.285

Secondary Market

Freddie Mac
30-year mortgage yields
Latest Wk ago
30 days
4.54 4.55
60 days
4.69 4.70
One-year ARM
3.375 3.375

Fannie Mae
30-year mortgage yields
Latest Wk ago
30 days
4.283 4.594
60 days
4.489 4.695

Constant maturity debt index
Latest Wk ago
Three months
n.a. n.a.
Six months
n.a. n.a.
One year
n.a. n.a.

Bankers acceptance
Latest Wk ago
30 days
0.75 0.65
60 days
1.00 1.25
90 days
1.33 1.50
120 days
1.50 1.50
150 days
1.50 1.50
180 days
1.75 1.75

Other short-term rates

Latest Wk ago
Call money
2.00 2.00

Commercial paper
Latest Wk ago
30 to 97 days
n.q. ...
98 to 119 days
0.10 ...
120 to 149 days
0.15 ...
150 to 165 days
0.25 ...
166 to 180 days
0.35 ...
181 to 270 days
n.q. ...

Dealer commercial paper
Latest Wk ago
30 days
0.54 0.79
60 days
0.99 1.19
90 days
1.14 1.49

Euro commercial paper
Latest Wk ago
30 day
2.35 2.38
Two month
2.51 2.51
Three month
2.62 2.62
Four month
2.71 2.89
Five month
2.72 2.90
Six month
2.75 2.93

London interbank offered rate, or Libor
Latest Wk ago
One month
0.43625 0.47125
Three month
1.42500 1.46750
Six month
1.75000 1.83000
One year
2.00375 2.09125

Libor Swaps (USD)
Latest Wk ago
Two year
1.481 1.574
Three year
1.755 1.828
Five year
2.137 2.171
Ten year
2.564 2.551
20 year
2.806 2.775
30 year
2.756 2.711

Euro Libor
Latest Wk ago
One month
2.589 2.709
Three month
2.894 2.987
Six month
2.978 3.057
One year
3.059 3.144

Euro interbank offered rate
Latest Wk ago
One month
2.603 2.711
Three month
2.892 2.991
Six month
2.971 3.061
One year
3.049 3.150

Hibor
Latest Wk ago
One month
0.299 0.300
Three month
0.951 1.000
Six month
1.450 1.550
One year
1.849 1.900

Asian dollars
Latest Wk ago
One month
0.450 0.475
Three month
1.443 1.459
Six month
1.790 1.830
One year
2.018 2.073

Certificates of Deposit
Latest Wk ago
One month
0.550 0.800
Three month
1.150 1.500
Six Month
1.700 1.900

Merrill Lynch Ready Assets Trust
Latest Wk ago
Call money
1.730 1.880

Eurodollars (mid rates)
Offer Bid
One month
0.25 1.00
Two month
0.65 1.10
Three month
0.50 1.50
Four month
1.00 1.50
Five month
1.25 1.75
Six month
1.50 2.00

Freddie Mac
Weekly survey
Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Latest Wk ago
30-year fixed
5.10 5.14
15-year fixed
4.83 4.91
Five-year ARM
5.57 5.49
One-year ARM
4.85 4.95

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Footnotes
U.S. prime rate and discount rate are effective December 16, 2008. U.S. prime rate is the base rate on corporate loans posted by at least 70% of the 10 largest U.S. banks.; Other prime rates aren't directly comparable; lending practices vary widely by location; Discount rate is the charge on loans to depository institutions by the New York Federal Reserve Banks; Federal-funds rate is on reserves traded among commercial banks for overnight use in amounts of $1 million or more; Call money rate is the charge on loans to brokers on stock-exchange collateral; Dealer commercial paper rates are for high-grade unsecured notes sold through dealers by major corporations; Freddie Mac RNY is the required net yield for the one-year 2% rate-capped ARM. Libor is the British Bankers' Association average of interbank offered rates for dollar deposits in the London market; Libor Swaps quoted are mid-market, semi-annual swap rates and pay the floating 3-month Libor rate..

Sources: Merrill Lynch; Bureau of Labor Statistics; ICAP plc.; Reuters; General Electric Capital Corp.; Tullett Prebon Information, Ltd.


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Google Friends Newsletter - December 2008

Google Friends Newsletter - December 2008

Holiday greetings and our best wishes for a wonderful new year to all
of our Google friends. We hope you enjoy this month's update on our
products and services.

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POWER TIP

College football in Sports OneBox

Football fans can now search for game times and scores of their
favorite college teams during the big bowl games coming up. For
example, typing [ncaaf] or [texas football] into the search box will
return game information at the top of the search results page. This is
in addition to the major U.S. leagues for a variety of sports (NFL,
NHL, MLB, MLS, and NBA) and six major European football (aka soccer)
leagues we recently added.
http://www.google.com

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Ask the President-elect questions with Google Moderator

U.S. President-elect Obama's transition team is using Google Moderator
to respond to questions on the Change.gov website. You too can get
involved, either by asking a question or by voting on questions you'd
like to have answered.
http://www.change.gov/OpenForQuestions

New Gmail features

View PDF attachments sent to your Gmail account without waiting for
them to download and open in another application. Just click the
"View" link next to any .pdf attachments you receive to view them
right in your browser. Recently we also rolled out Text Messaging
(SMS) in Chat in Gmail. Try both out in your own Gmail account under
the "Labs" tab in "Settings."
http://www.gmail.com

Updates to Picasa

Picasa Web Albums offers a new "Sign-in required to view" setting,
which lets you limit access to specific individuals who have a Picasa
Web Albums account. Additionally, all user comments are now
automatically translated into the viewer's native language using
Google Translate. And if you use Picasa to organize your video
content, you will also notice that most of your videos are now high
quality.
http://picasa.google.com

Daily how-to tips

Throughout the month of December, we published daily tips to make it
easier to use a number of Google products. Visit our countdown site to
learn about search tips and product features you can continue to use
in 2009.
http://www.google.com/countdownto2009

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As 2008 comes to a close, we invite you to see what was on the
collective mind as demonstrated by the aggregation of billions of
Google searches from around the globe. It was a wild year with many
momentous events, to say the least, and through it all Google users
kept pace with the U.S. elections, the Summer Games and social
networks (online, at least). Of course, we also made time for
superheroes and super-celebrity breakups, but even those diversions
couldn't take our thoughts away from the world's changing political
and economic landscapes. With so much at stake and so much uncertainty
in the year ahead, it's comforting to know that we are collectively
concerned and "in this together," search-wise. For more of the year's
highlights, take a look at our Year-End Zeitgeist website.
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Biggest Decliners - Midday

___________________________________
MARKETS DATA CENTER
from The Wall Street Journal Online

BIGGEST DECLINERS MIDDAY SNAPSHOT
12:49 pm ET 12/31/2008

__________________________________


NYSE:

Issue (symbol)
Price Chg % Chg Volume
---------------------------------

NalcoHldg (NLC)
$11.71 -2.29 -16.36 1,293,030

4KidsEntn (KDE)
1.82 -0.22 -10.78 87,589

VerifoneHldgs (PAY)
5.04 -0.55 -9.84 1,569,984

Felcor pfA (FCHA)
6.55 -0.70 -9.66 3,900

AnthracitCap (AHR)
2.05 -0.21 -9.29 795,557

ParkwyProp pfD (PKYD)
11.10 -1.11 -9.09 2,000

ChevyChBk pf (CCXC)
14.37 -1.39 -8.79 9,700

LaZ Boy (LZB)
2.19 -0.20 -8.37 245,896

PrShUltSh Silv (ZSL)
17.83 -1.51 -7.81 28,680

Valhi (VHI)
11.68 -0.97 -7.67 26,079

HFF A (HF)
2.70 -0.22 -7.53 11,040

iStarFnl pfF (SFIF)
3.56 -0.29 -7.53 6,300

DoverDwns (DDE)
3.02 -0.24 -7.36 25,890

RobnsMyrs (RBN)
15.35 -1.15 -6.97 403,731

ReneSola (SOL)
4.53 -0.33 -6.81 1,478,355

PrShUltsAIG Oil (SCO)
36.72 -2.68 -6.80 303,206

PwrShrMtlDbShr (BOM)
71.73 -5.20 -6.76 11,575

HoraceMn (HMN)
8.44 -0.61 -6.74 185,354

PwrShrDynDev (PFA)
11.49 -0.81 -6.59 99,917

RAIT FnclTr (RAS)
2.43 -0.17 -6.54 261,874

TrinaSolar ADS (TSL)
9.46 -0.64 -6.31 706,361

ComcastHldg (CCZ)
30.00 -2.00 -6.25 17,167

IDEX Cp (IEX)
24.15 -1.60 -6.21 336,274

FstAcceptance (FAC)
2.57 -0.17 -6.20 4,629

TlcmArg ADS (TEO)
7.77 -0.50 -6.05 65,677


Nasdaq:

Issue (symbol)
Price Chg % Chg Volume
---------------------------------

AT Cross A (ATX)
$2.30 -0.47 -16.97 6,070

PacStBcp (PSBC)
2.20 -0.40 -15.38 20,871

RTI Bio (RTIX)
2.57 -0.41 -13.64 373,001

CumulusMda (CMLS)
2.20 -0.34 -13.39 91,061

TeamStaff (TSTF)
1.75 -0.25 -12.40 19,557

ChnaArchtEngrg (CAEI)
2.38 -0.31 -11.52 92,830

VirageLogic (VIRL)
2.55 -0.33 -11.46 14,750

RivrviewBcp (RVSB)
2.25 -0.29 -11.42 18,650

InnovSolSuprt (ISSC)
3.09 -0.39 -11.21 18,335

StaarSurg (STAA)
2.41 -0.27 -10.07 15,940

NovaMed (NOVA)
3.20 -0.35 -9.86 53,640

SCM Micro (SCMM)
1.88 -0.20 -9.59 11,750

EastInsHldgs (EIHI)
7.99 -0.84 -9.48 3,611

Spectranet (SPNC)
2.50 -0.24 -8.76 110,161

Audiovox (VOXX)
4.98 -0.47 -8.62 49,258

MedQuist (MEDQ)
1.95 -0.18 -8.45 28,387

LSB Cp (LSBX)
7.25 -0.65 -8.23 2,500

MAP Pharma (MAPP)
6.22 -0.54 -7.99 23,306

AmRailcarInd (ARII)
10.54 -0.91 -7.95 46,323

BassetFurn (BSET)
3.13 -0.27 -7.94 17,255

Retalix (RTLX)
5.79 -0.50 -7.91 64,854

Advanta B (ADVNB)
2.15 -0.18 -7.73 149,377

Tree.com (TREE)
2.17 -0.18 -7.66 51,178

NewStarFnl (NEWS)
3.67 -0.30 -7.56 27,045

GreenBksh (GRNB)
13.28 -1.08 -7.51 27,784


AMEX:

Issue (symbol)
Price Chg % Chg Volume
---------------------------------

EmergentGp (LZR)
$6.93 -0.84 -10.81 76,755

RivieraHldg (RIV)
2.95 -0.33 -10.06 41,620

NewConceptEngy (GBR)
3.90 -0.40 -9.30 2,700

TiensBiotchGp (TBV)
2.04 -0.16 -7.27 17,221

UtdCapital (AFP)
19.70 -1.45 -6.86 2,800

MexcoEngy (MXC)
12.75 -0.91 -6.66 3,365

ArrhythRsch (HRT)
1.93 -0.12 -5.85 10,410

RMR HospFd (RHR)
2.10 -0.13 -5.83 24,885

Graham (GHM)
10.56 -0.64 -5.71 68,156

NrthrnOilGas (NOG)
2.29 -0.09 -3.77 155,976

GreenhunterEn (GRH)
4.87 -0.18 -3.57 12,301

TrvlcntrsAmer (TA)
2.28 -0.07 -2.98 25,669

NtlHlth (NHC)
47.00 -1.21 -2.51 4,500

NuvCT (NFC)
10.50 -0.26 -2.42 6,316

NuvNJ (NXJ)
9.01 -0.22 -2.42 32,938

Barnwell (BRN)
4.10 -0.10 -2.38 34,177

FlexSolInt (FSI)
2.10 -0.05 -2.33 2,600

EngySvcs (ESA)
4.25 -0.10 -2.30 8,000

GpoSimec ADS (SIM)
4.84 -0.11 -2.22 39,570

FrnklnStProp (FSP)
14.00 -0.30 -2.10 594,009

NeubrgrBrmNY (NBO)
10.37 -0.22 -2.08 3,800

NuvMD Fd3 (NWI)
9.70 -0.20 -2.02 11,737

NuvNY Fd2 (NXK)
9.40 -0.19 -1.98 23,194

ContangoO&G (MCF)
54.93 -1.03 -1.84 105,751

NuvNC Fd2 (NNO)
10.95 -0.20 -1.79 22,778

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Most Actives - Midday

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MARKETS DATA CENTER
from The Wall Street Journal Online

MOST ACTIVE STOCKS BY VOLUME MIDDAY SNAPSHOT
12:34 pm ET 12/31/2008

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NYSE:

Issue (symbol)
Price Chg % Chg Volume
---------------------------------

SPDR FnclSelSct (XLF)
$12.28 0.15 1.24 31,829,733

Citigroup (C)
6.78 -0.02 -0.29 27,007,571

GenElec (GE)
16.10 0.28 1.77 24,915,743

BankAm (BAC)
13.14 -0.10 -0.76 23,485,278

ProShrUltraFnl (UYG)
5.78 0.15 2.63 23,102,567

iShrRu2000 (IWM)
48.88 0.76 1.58 20,755,545

ProShrUltraS&P (SSO)
26.33 0.75 2.93 19,211,330

DowChem (DOW)
15.00 -0.55 -3.54 18,750,945

FordMotor (F)
2.26 -0.03 -1.39 17,602,357

iShrMSCIEmrgMkt (EEM)
24.82 0.18 0.73 16,505,727

PwrShrCOilDLng (DXO)
2.42 0.09 3.86 15,718,216

Alcoa (AA)
11.26 0.57 5.33 13,201,053

FannieMae (FNM)
0.72 0.03 4.45 12,377,147

iShrMSEAFE (EFA)
44.60 0.34 0.76 11,715,959

US OilFd (USO)
30.66 0.46 1.53 11,639,390

SprintNextel (S)
1.81 -0.10 -5.24 11,448,540

ExxonMobil (XOM)
79.97 1.38 1.76 11,195,617

WellsFargo (WFC)
28.69 -0.11 -0.38 10,163,922

Pfizer (PFE)
17.77 0.02 0.11 10,014,054

iShrDJUSRE (IYR)
36.16 0.62 1.74 9,655,044

JPMorgChas (JPM)
30.95 -0.06 -0.19 9,136,241

ProShrsUShrt S&P (SDS)
71.07 -1.64 -2.26 9,098,133

Motorola (MOT)
4.33 0.17 4.14 9,082,328

AmIntlGp (AIG)
1.52 -0.04 -2.56 8,903,827

iShrMSCI Jpn (EWJ)
9.54 0.04 0.42 8,887,005


Nasdaq:

Issue (symbol)
Price Chg % Chg Volume
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PwrShrs QQQ (QQQQ)
$29.92 0.43 1.46 35,398,012

Microsoft (MSFT)
19.62 0.28 1.45 17,607,167

SiriusXM (SIRI)
0.12 0.00 -3.40 16,247,171

CiscoSys (CSCO)
16.46 0.23 1.44 15,154,813

Intel (INTC)
14.85 0.16 1.09 13,897,227

Dryships (DRYS)
11.18 1.56 16.22 12,640,684

Dell (DELL)
10.36 0.13 1.27 9,333,568

AppleInc (AAPL)
87.18 0.89 1.03 8,991,555

RschInMotn (RIMM)
40.45 1.68 4.33 8,469,218

OracleCp (ORCL)
17.90 0.07 0.39 8,283,458

Qualcomm (QCOM)
36.02 1.08 3.09 5,864,077

Comcast A (CMCSA)
16.75 0.29 1.76 5,507,630

NVIDIA (NVDA)
8.16 0.14 1.75 4,928,244

ConstarIntl (CNST)
0.08 0.04 101.50 4,828,884

Fibertower (FTWR)
0.15 -0.01 -6.25 4,218,178

eBay (EBAY)
14.19 0.23 1.65 4,130,691

HumanGenom (HGSI)
2.12 0.21 10.85 3,960,271

MarvellTch (MRVL)
6.70 0.06 0.90 3,894,852

NetApp (NTAP)
14.11 0.72 5.38 3,683,180

ChrtrComm A (CHTR)
0.08 -0.01 -7.66 3,533,800

Yahoo (YHOO)
12.27 0.30 2.51 3,497,119

AlteraCp (ALTR)
16.71 -0.04 -0.24 3,366,245

Emcore (EMKR)
1.14 0.36 46.34 3,344,654

DirecTV (DTV)
22.50 0.09 0.40 3,252,236

SchwabC (SCHW)
15.91 0.41 2.65 3,247,596


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Issue (symbol)
Price Chg % Chg Volume
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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)
$90.05 1.08 1.21 75,672,230

SP400 Spdrs (MDY)
96.95 1.62 1.70 3,576,790

Kowabunga (KOW)
0.06 0.01 20.00 2,403,694

ApexSilvr (SIL)
0.62 -0.07 -10.14 1,783,424

DenisonMines (DNN)
1.19 0.23 23.96 1,189,132

OilsandsQuest (BQI)
0.69 -0.02 -2.82 969,213

GldnStar (GSS)
1.03 0.01 0.98 906,704

NorthgateMin (NXG)
0.83 0.01 1.22 817,622

TasekoMine (TGB)
0.60 0.03 5.09 760,539

NovaGoldRes (NG)
1.48 0.02 1.30 751,518

NovBiosrcFuel (NBF)
0.09 0.00 -3.12 737,130

CanadSupEngy (SNG)
0.99 0.00 -0.01 710,047

KodiakOilGas (KOG)
0.30 0.01 3.25 663,970

CrystllxInt (KRY)
0.16 -0.01 -5.88 646,391

Telkonet (TKO)
0.11 0.01 9.20 642,731

FrnklnStProp (FSP)
14.00 -0.30 -2.10 594,009

Eldoradogoldcp (EGO)
7.84 0.03 0.38 552,080

NovadelPharm (NVD)
0.31 -0.03 -8.76 541,113

Rentech (RTK)
0.65 -0.05 -7.07 538,054

GeneralMoly (GMO)
1.07 -0.11 -9.32 533,217

ElixirGaming (EGT)
0.11 -0.02 -12.50 499,656

AugustaRes (AZC)
0.46 0.06 14.98 482,660

AuroraOilGas (AOG)
0.07 0.00 0.00 476,029

CntlFdCan (CEF)
11.05 0.13 1.19 460,127

ProPharm (PRW)
0.09 -0.02 -19.97 455,585

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MAJOR INDEXES MIDDAY SNAPSHOT
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Major Indexes 1:02 p.m. EST 12/31/08
Chg % Chg Last
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DJIA
116.45 1.34 8784.84

DJ Transportation Average
100.83 2.93 3539.47

DJ Utility Average
5.22 1.43 369.05

Nasdaq
24.40 1.57 1575.10

Nasdaq 100
17.89 1.49 1219.23

S&P 500
11.44 1.28 902.08

S&P 400 Mid-Cap
9.78 1.86 534.40

S&P 600 Small-Cap
4.88 1.87 265.72

DJ Wilshire 5000
118.32 1.33 9047.81

NYSE Composite
53.78 0.95 5723.78

NYSE Financial
24.23 0.65 3779.84

Russell 2000
8.83 1.83 491.60

Amex Composite
11.60 0.84 1384.87

KBW Bank
0.40 0.93 43.34

PHLX Gold/Silver
1.21 1.00 122.40

PHLX Housing Sector
0.98 1.16 85.19

PHLX Oil Service
1.36 1.13 121.40

PHLX Semiconductor
1.92 0.91 213.18

* at close


Major World Indexes 1:01 p.m. EST 12/31/08
Chg % Chg Last
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Global Dow
7.13 0.47 1531.00

DJ World Index
0.95 0.56 172.05

DJ World exUS
-0.13 -0.09 147.23

DJ Stoxx 50*
42.20 2.09 2065.46

UK: FTSE 100*
41.49 0.94 4434.17

Germany: DAX*
105.34 2.24 4810.20

DJ Asia-Pacific
0.13 0.14 93.64

Japan: Nikkei Average*
112.39 1.28 8859.56

Hong Kong: Hang Seng*
151.98 1.07 14387.48

DJ Americas Index
2.88 1.29 225.68

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Major Currencies 12:42 p.m. EST 12/31/08
Last (bid) Prior Day †
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Australian Dollar (in dollars)
0.7025 0.6910

Canadian Dollar
1.2146 1.2212

Denmark Krone
5.3433 5.2966

Euro (in dollars)
1.3937 1.4074

Hong Kong Dollar
7.7498 7.7498

Indian Rupee
48.580 48.100

Indonesian Rupiah
10850 10953

Japanese Yen
90.75 90.30

Malaysian Ringgit
3.4500 3.4783

Mexican Peso
13.8340 13.7665

Singapore Dollar
1.4367 1.4370

South Korean Won
1262.000 1259.600

Swedish Krona
7.8589 7.7700

Swiss Franc
1.0691 1.0582

Taiwanese Dollar
32.755 32.776

Thai Baht
34.720 34.758

U.K. Pound (in dollars)
1.4644 1.4437

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Welcome to the first SEO Chat newsletter of the new year...or the last SEO Chat newsletter of the old year, depending upon what time it reaches your in box. Since the beginnings of new years are such a great time for looking forward and looking back, this week's item we're highlighting from eWeek focuses on 2008 as it affected one company: Microsoft. The Yahoo offer is here, plus a whole lot more. Be sure to check it out!

You'll also want to check out the articles we published for you on SEO Chat. Monday we focused on the growing importance of mobile devices. Many mobile device users surf the web from these portable helpers, but their hardware and software limitations can make it a less than fun experience. Check out the article for tips on making your mobile visitors more welcome. On Tuesday we looked at two of Google's better-known algorithms, Trustrank and Hilltop. We considered how they work, what they classify as important, and how you can turn that to your advantage in your climb to the top of the search engine results pages. On Wednesday, we explained how you can use images to help tell your story. Yes, they call for an extra step or two in the optimization department, but visitors love them; there's a reason they say that a picture is worth a thousand words.

We're not out of educational SEO material for you yet â€" not by a long shot. Have you visited Tutorialized yet? If not, you'll be delighted at the selection of SEO-related tutorials you can find there, just waiting to show you a trick or two you didn't know before. We've highlighted just a few of them in this newsletter, but rest assured, there's plenty more where those came from! And if you're feeling generous and want to share your own SEO knowledge, you can always submit a tutorial yourself.

This week's thread touches on some of the finer points of domain names. Can a little think like the last three or five letters of your domain name make a difference? What if it's a choice between a top-level and a country-code domain? And before you answer, what if you're trying to market to a specific country and nowhere else? Check out the thread for some answers, and don't forget to add a few of your own!

Our Spotlight, just for readers of our newsletter, touches on the long tail of search. The idea that outlying searches deliver as many â€" or more â€" conversions as searches for highly competitive keywords became part of the common SEO wisdom a few years ago. Now, however, many wonder if it's just hype. Who should you believe? Scroll down to the Spotlight to find our take, then click the link and check out the lively discussion in our forums!

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2008-12-31

The Internet has come into its own as a visual medium, with entire sites devoted to still images and video. When searchers look for information or entertainment, they have come to want a little eye candy along with all those lines of text. What are some of the best ways to give them what they want?

Just a quick heads-up: I expect to jump back and forth between theory and practice in this article. For a long time, I did not use images in my articles at all; then I learned how to take screen shots, and realized how much they enhanced my search engine and web site reviews. I also learned just enough about taking pictures with digital cameras to get some good images for a monitor review on Dev Hardware. I still have a lot to learn, of course, but that seems to be the nature of technology in general.

I will start with something simple for those of you who might still be resistant to the idea of adding images to your blog. Maybe you have seen really crowded MySpace pages and you do not want your site to look so cluttered. Why should you use images?

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Both algorithms are quite old in the search engine arena (2005), but are still in use, as is the initial PageRank algorithm (though much tweaked over time). You need to be aware of both in order to understand search engines better.

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If there is one area of certain growth in these troubled economic times, it is the mobile communications sector. And with significant improvements having emerged over the last few years in vital areas such as data transfer speed, screens and content, mobile devices are starting to challenge the PC as an Internet access device of choice. This in turn has raised a key issue in the Mobile Internet space: that of the optimization of sites for mobile devices and search engines.

It is all very well delivering a repackaged version of a standard web site to mobile devices, and most of the presentational challenges this raises have been addressed one way or another. But the fact remains that mobile Internet usage diverges from traditional usage in a number of important ways. The failure of content publishers to understand the implications of these differences for content can only lead to sub-standard mobile sites that run the risk of providing irrelevant material and poor usability. This in turn results in an impoverished mobile Internet experience for users, which impacts take-up and slows down the whole cycle.

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How much does your URL's extension matter? With some websites targeting local markets, a good .com.au, say, may be better than a top-level domain. Either way, what should you do if you can't get the exact domain name you want? That's the question our original poster asked in this week's thread. Check out the forum thread and share your advice!


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Which Domain Extension To Optimize?

My target audience is AUSTRALIA and nowhere else; I am purely targeting a local area.

The domain I want in (dot)com(dot)au is unavailable, but it is available in .net So my question is, can a .net be optimized as well as a (dot)com(dot)au?

eg blue-widget .com .au
blue-widget .net

Do you think that there would be too many drawbacks to optimizing and competing against the .com.au that is currently registered, but parked and for sale?

I have no knowledge in this area and would really appreciate some advice. I wouldn't like to invest considerable time developing the site and content, when the odds are stacked against me from the start. The domain is hyphenated; I'm not keen on that, but the two key words are great and there is very little in the marketplace in this field.

Thanks in anticipation of your advice.


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In my opinion, Australian server hosting and back links from sites hosted in Australia will work for you.


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Though you're targeting specifically a particular area, you can certainly opt for a .Net URL if the .com .au URL is not available. The reason country-related URLs are helpful is to rank your website in the targeted local search engines based on the local search engine data centers. But that works up to a certain extent only.

There are many other parameters to ranking a website at the top in the targeted search engines. If you're opting for PPC to promote your website to target the local market, there is no need to bother about the .com .au or .Net. Either of them would drive leads through PPC.

Else, if you would like to opt for organic results, it would be better if you could build good relevant high page rank with Australian back links to your website with consistency. Due to the same, your website would be ranked high for you targeted keywords.

Always make sure, the on page content of your website is well optimized based on your targeted keywords and perform ethical link building to rank high in your targeted search engines


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Long Tail Keywords: Worth the Effort?

As often happens in our SEO Chat forums, a number of our members came in on various sides of a question. This one concerned long tail keywords. We all know that these are supposed to be better for conversions than their shorter, more competitive counterparts, but that didn't match the experience (and site stats) of one of our forum members at all. So he had to ask: are they really important, or just hype?

The final answer: it depends. Some posters questioned, if not the entire idea of long tail keywords, at least what should be considered as such. Is “car insurance” a long tail keyword, since “insurance” is the short version? What about “car insurance orlando florida”? Forum gadfly fathom did the math, pointing out just how many different variations you can get and how many potential conversions.

Other forum members observed that, if you're targeting more competitive key phrases, of course most of your traffic will come from those. In that case, your long tail traffic will be a bonus rather than your chief source of income. After all, if you can get traffic for “event planning,” you should be able to get traffic for “event planning and preparation,” right?

Possibly...but the problem is, just how do you aim for those long tail keywords? Going for the location helps, but, to paraphrase Google's Udi Manber, what do you do when up to a quarter of the queries the search engine sees on a single day are queries it has never seen before? Can you use the same strategy if you're going for long tail keywords as you would when you're trying to score with the more competitive ones? And are there times when you should try for one or the other but not both?

As you'd expect, there wasn't exactly a consensus. A number of members suggested, however, that if you've built a new web site that's trying to work its way into a competitive space, you should probably try to go for long tail keywords and “bootstrap” yourself up, hoping the sales you get from those will help you grow.

This leaves the question of strategy and exactly how you do this. Long tail keywords are not searched for often (remember that figure from Manber) so how do you know what to target? You might not. If you're going for the long tail, you want lots of different variations on key phrases. That means lots of content. It should be good content, of course, but still, you're looking at a lot of writing. If you decide to go after the competitive phrases, on the other hand, you probably need to think more about link building and link bait. As one forum member put it, “You won't get anything from traditional keyword targeting if you don't have the link weight to back you up.”

So, if you're better at writing content, you're in a good position to get traffic from the long tail. If you're better at link building, you might want to make a play for the more competitive keywords. And “If you can manage both,” observed forum member Joshua Watson, “well...then it's a moot issue, is it not?” Good luck!

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