Wrap – Week Ended 10/26/07 (In Progress)

Despite persistent technical problems with my site hosts internet provider we had a great week.


In A Nutshell: Huge week for oil which drove up the energy sectors and while the broader market at times detests high oil prices it did not in the past week as oil hit a nominal record trading high of $92.22 before settling back at $91.86 for the week. The inflation adjusted high, set back during the Iranian crisis (yes them again) in 1980 was just over $101 per barrel.

The Week That Was In Trades:


Click Here To See The Updated Holdings List 

Valuations Spotlight:


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 to be continued....

29 Responses to “Wrap – Week Ended 10/26/07 (In Progress)”

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    Brian08 Says:

    Z basic question for you…What exactly are distillates? Is that like diesel fuel?? Does heating oil count as a distillate?? Thanks.

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    TTupp Says:

    yea they are both grouped into that category, and also too i believe ultra low sulfur diesel and jet fuel are all grouped into that same category– distillates.

    z helped me with this one a while back, and im sure he’ll see this and correct anything i said wrong.

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    zman Says:

    Thanks T – yeah that’s right. Lots of different grades of distillates …this is what comes off the bottom of the barrel (higher temperature part of the cracking process), everything from heating oil to diesel for cars and trucks to kerosene (jet fuel).

    Click here


    for way more than you want or need to know about the refining process. See slide 7 for a graphic of the crack tower tower and products that come out of the process.

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    zman Says:

    test test test

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    zman Says:

    second set of time tests

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    aaatest Says:

    time check test

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    zman Says:

    Ok, got this from my host at 3.43 am:

    “One of our peering networks discovered the error in their router
    configurations from their previous maintenance and fixed it.”

    I guess an apology for a 4 day service outage would have been out of line.

    I found no change in performance until I complete shut down my browser, restarted it, and then reopened the site. Can some folks try that for me today? And I apologize for the difficulties.

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    zman Says:

    aaa test: time check super fast…cross fingers.

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    aaatest Says:

    roger that

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    zman Says:

    time check test 4

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    aaatest Says:

    time check test 3

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    aaatest Says:

    time chekc test 5

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    aaatest Says:

    much faster with a browser reboot

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    aaatest Says:

    Strongly recommend everyone reboot browsers.

    Looks like problem solved but you never know with these things until it’s worked for several hours without failure.

    zmanadmin@gmail.ocm for questions

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    zman Says:


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    zman Says:

    time check test

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    aitrader Says:

    Forbes announces sell recommendations on PTR and EXM.



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    Brian08 Says:

    Thanks Z and T…I’ll read up on that cracking process…Have an interview tomorrow and have no clue what the heck they’re gonna ask…

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    TTupp Says:

    ai trader, re#17, do you know when ptr reports? ceo & snp report on tues. the stock is worth lke $150 to the entire “developed” world, and there is like 14 share held outside the government’s pocket in the public float. ceo and snp are going to disappoint and looking at the chart pattern in all three (but mostly ptr, since it is the largest and most liquid issue, which makes for more compelling foretelling chart patterns), it appears to be a consolidation or coil pattern which usually means a big move in either direction.

    i was mulling rediculously out of the money puts ($175-$185) with some speculative money. could be up at 1500% return if everone runs for the doors, but who knows maybe the chicoms wont let them sell their stock if they want out. they seem to control everything else

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    TTupp Says:

    i was just looking, and ptr has 200 million shares in the public float lol, xom has like 5.5 billion, and they have been buying them back like crazy over the past 5 years/!

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    Nicky Says:


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    irished Says:

    Zman do not want to jinx your site but it is working at the speed of light today but tomorrow who knows
    Great week and picks and excellent site. thanks.

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    aitrader Says:

    T – not a clue on when PTR reports. I’ve got a list of firms’ Q3 earnings release dates and this is one of the question marks. The other one is DRYS – anyone know when they report? (Last year it was Nov 21).

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    scoop006 Says:

    airtrader- check out ZMAN’s 3Q07 calendar

    Site super speedy as of 10:20PM EST

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    aitrader Says:

    Thx scoop – wish I’d found it earlier. Doh!

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    Sambone Says:


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    zman Says:

    Everybody working ok this am? Will have a post in 30 to 1 hr.

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    Sambone Says:

    Seems to be fine for me this am. Weather – Noel, no probs for GOMEX. Nothing else.

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    sane Says:

    Ok for me

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