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Whales Welcome at Winklevoss Bitcoin Exchange

The Winklevoss Gemini Bitcoin Exchange daily auction went live this week.

This article highlights the benefits of their daily auction for Bitcoin to fill large orders without moving the price. It’s a place whales can feed in peace.

How Does Auction Work?

All eligible orders will be filled at the final auction price at 4:00 p.m. ET. The final auction price of each Auction is determined by finding the price at which the greatest aggregate buy demand and aggregate sell demand from all participating orders can be filled (i.e., the price at which the largest quantity can trade). The mechanics of this auction are very similar to the closing auction (or closing “cross”) on the major electronic U.S. stock exchanges (e.g., Nasdaq, NYSE Arca, Bats). For a more detailed discussion, please see Marketplace.

Buying large quantities of Bitcoin is often done off exchange but it requires connections. I am reading this auction as a way Whales can buy/sell Bitcoin without price slippage in a controlled and supposedly trusted environment.

It’s another feather in Bitcoin’s cap and potentially opens Bitcoin up to VERY deep pockets.

Side note: I hope they did their homework on security because this site will be a big target.

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An $AAPL a day will make you gay

$AAPL broke ascending triple top triangle yesterday. (triangles are also gay)

I don’t believe this will stick. It’s iPhone hype. Still, noting a pattern on $AAPL is worth documenting. Let’s see how it plays out. What do you think?

The great thing about TA is it only deals with charts and doesn’t give a shit about my opinion, that was just extra sauce at no charge.

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$ILMN – feeling lucky?

Here’s an interesting chart on $ILMN. A close above $176 is a quadruple top break. A close above 178 breaks resistance going back to January.

Do you feel lucky looking at this chart? Well, do ya?

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And here’s another look with different timeframe:

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Monero on a roll

Monero, the privacy focused cryptocurrency, punched the mustache off all bearshitters this past month going from $2.5 to ~$13.5 and it’s still running.

Unlike Bitcoin, which keeps all transactions on a public ledger, Monero transactions are not traceable. Monero provides a layer of anonymity not available with other cryptocurrencies.

The bump in Bitcoin from $575 to $600 may have been the result of Monero holders moving profits to Bitcoin.

The Monero top is not in yet but once it is there will be a fall to earth. Nothing goes straight up forever.

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$HUBS vs $CRM

In  the cagematch of the 800lb gorilla $CRM vs the upstart $HUBS I am keeping my eye on $HUBS.

Hubspot released a CRM to complement their industry leading inbound marketing software. And then they made that CRM free. Smart, very smart.

This move by HUBS is a 1+1 = 3 scenario.

HUBS and CRM are not direct competitors in most cases, however they have tracked each other until recently. HUBS is near it’s all time high. I believe the street is starting to wake up to Hubspot’s potential to move up market.

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My Portfolio in Video Form

This video reminds me of my portfolio. I am the fireman rushing from stock to stock to put out fires.

Most fires have been of the small backyard variety but I have had some multi tenant highrise torchers as well.

Sometimes the market works with you, sometimes against you. Lately it’s been against. Here’s to a better 2013.

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VMW: Stay Within the Lines

VMW has been range bound for ~2 years. How range bound? It’s imitating the basejumpers in this video going up and down a tower in Kuala Lumpur over three days.

Buy at 87 and sell at 95ish will be my game with VMW.

 

 

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You know nothing John Snow (FB and YELP)

A few weeks ago there were several IBC blog posts bashing FB and YELP. I should know, I wrote several of them.

Look at them now. FB is up more than 20% since June 1. YELP up for 50% gain.

RaginCajun and ChessNWine opened and closed FB positions. IBC blamed FB for everything from egregious stock losses to impotence. There was no more unpopular stock than FB at ~$26.

Let’s be honest, this is a Costanza market. When there is that much hate for a stock step back, clear your mind and consider: is this a buying opportunity? Buying the blood would have been extremely profitable here.

Never catch a falling knife you say? Well, I think these stocks were hammered on sentiment. Moods change faster than fundamentals. Negative news can fade quickly. Long term I maintain FB and YELP are not buys for my style, but looking back I can see where I missed a huge opportunity.

Hindsight is 20/20, but sometimes history repeats itself. If you fail to see that pattern repeatedly you are not learning.

Buying those stocks at the same time I penned missives outlining their flaws would have been hard. But there are times that’s exactly the right thing to do.

Sometimes we’re all John Snows in this market.

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Stick a Fork in $YELP

Google just added a “Local” section to Google+.

LOL NO ONE USES GOOGLE+ you say?

Partially true. Today. But the people that matter do (the early adopters), and the rest will follow. Google has a long term plan to organize the world’s information. Ever use their search? They seem to be doing a pretty good job of it so far.

As far as users, the yardstick by which these services are measured, Google reviews are already integrated into Google Maps, which people use everywhere. Works great on mobile.

(EDIT: Just found out GOOG bought Zagat. I did not know this and so changes some of the angle of the rest of this post, but I have not edited anything from the original)

YELP put up a fight when Google began integrating YELP reviews on Google services. I am not sure if that’s still being done, but if it is and I were YELP I would encourage it…hoping one day I could marry my baseborn children to the regal house of Google (no Lannister).

Sure, YELP has mobile apps. But YELP is a one trick pony while Google + is a darkhorse. The kind of horse that sneaks up in the middle of the night and violently horsesexes other Internet companies.

The Social Media party is over. There will be contraction. Labeling yourself as “Social Media” is the 2012 equivalent of being a dot com. Social Media will no longer be a special term, it will be part of life and any added value will disappear. The bloom is off the rose.

The Internet is king. User experience is king (no AAPL). Access anywhere is king. Google is all these things. All hail the King.

YELP won’t die today, but the writing is on the wall. If they are smart they’ll be YouTube and cash out so they can smoke Rick Ross blunts rolled from the flayed skin of their competitors. Hopefully, YELP won’t channel GRPN who has teetered from one near death experience to another a la Gary Busey.

I’m not a buyer based on a buyout, but I think it’s YELP’s best future hope for investors and their own longevity to be an arrow in Google’s quiver.

The time is now for YELP to make that move.

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