The European Central Bank is indebted to the hilt

The European Central Bank is indebted to the hilt and is beginning to look like one of the banks it has done so much to save.
Having subsidized the European banking industry with its 1 trillion euro ($1.29 trillion) long-term refinancing operation (LTRO), funds that were distributed at well below market prices, the central bank is leveraged to levels Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers might have felt comfortable with in early 2007.

Crude Oil: The Best Commodity Play for 2012

Crude oil may not only be the best commodity play for 2012, it could prove to be the best commodity play of the next three to four years, soundly beating both gold and silver. I’m not talking about oil producers, refiners or drillers…or any individual stock — but the real thing: crude oil itself.

we believe crude has a better chance of doubling from its current $100 per barrel level than gold has doubling from its current levels of $1,575 per ounce. It’s not that we hate gold. We don’t. Some of the same conditions that favor crude will also favor the shiny stuff. But for “bang for the buck,” we feel crude oil is the best opportunity on the board right now.

These High-Tech IPOs Are Fueling the Nasdaq Rally

From the depths of the 2009 bottom, the Nasdaq is up 139%, hitting levels it hasn’t seen in more than 10 years.

In the last three months alone, the bellwether index is up nearly 19% — outpacing the 12% gain in the S&P 500.

But here’s the thing: It’s not all about Apple.

The high-tech IPO market is practically on fire. One of them is Jive Software (NASDAQ: JIVE).

Since Jive debuted last December, shares have jumped 25% from the offering price on the first day.

Since then, the stock has done nothing but power ahead. At the close of trading Thursday, Jive had nearly doubled in less than four months!

Healthcare Stocks Are Headed Higher

Three days of arguments before the Supreme Court have made it abundantly clear – “Obamacare” is in danger of being gutted or completely wiped off the books.

Only one thing’s for sure. Investors will want to keep buying healthcare stocks -especially as 10,000 baby boomers a day turn 65 years old for the next 20 years.

But there’s one segment of the healthcare sector that will be sitting in the driver’s seat when it comes to delivering healthy profits and investment returns – no matter how the court rules.

Gasoline and heating oil fell

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — Gasoline and heating oil fell as commodities retreated on concern that Greece’s bailout was unraveling over German demands for deeper budget cuts and that the region’s debt crisis would spread.