Friday, March 09, 2007

Links of the day

Coke, Pepsi Losing Market Share..."Beverage marketers Coca-Cola and PepsiCo experienced a 0.6% drop in soft-drink volume in 2006, significantly steeper than a 0.2% slip in 2005, on waning consumer interest in core brands Coca-Cola Classic and Pepsi-Cola"..."Coke's soft-drink market share slid to 42.9% from 43.1% in 2005, while PepsiCo's fell to 31.2% from 31.4%"...this looks like a major change in the beverage market that I hadn't noticed before...

The Carry Trade...alternative advice for the Bank of Japan to the effect that if they raise rates Japanese savers will repatriate their savings from foreign currencies (where they've stashed them due to the ultra-low rates at home) and said funds will be available for domestic spending and investment..

BlueFire Developing Back-To-The-Future Energy Solutions..."
The Southern California Biorefinery Project will turn green waste and wood residues at landfills into about 19 million gallons of fuel grade ethanol per year"...sounds like a good thing to me; this is based on DOE support from a cellulosic ethanol grant program..

Stop loss orders aggravate stock market downturns..."This had been a market that had been trending up for many months, which means it attracted a lot of what we call trend followers and momentum players. They ride the trend, and they ride the trend until they see it is broken. Many trend followers use stop-loss orders to automatically sell stocks when prices fall a pre-determined amount. Thus, a relatively small price decline turns into a plunge when more and more sell orders are triggered"...this makes sense...

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