Trading
Thomas Sullivan

A man walks to his front door and grabs the morning paper.† Flipping through the business section, his stomach drops.† Boeing stock is down $10.† He owns many shares of this company.† He puts the paper inside and walks to his car, hoping that the company does something soon to get the price back up. †

The man returns from work later in the day and flips on the evening business news.† The anchor announces that Boeing plans to lay off ten thousand workers.† The market has cheered the move, driving the stock back up $10.† The manís spirits rise dramatically. †

The next morning the man walks to his front door and grabs the morning paper.† Flipping through the business section, his stomach drops.† The stock price of Flir Inc., for whom he works, has dropped by $10.† He puts the paper inside and walks to his car, hoping that the company doesnít cut jobs to get the price back up. †

The man returns from work later in the day and flips on the evening business news.† The anchor announces that Flir Inc plans to lay off ten thousand workers.† The market has cheered the move, driving the stock back up $10.† The manís spirits fall dramatically. †

In Omaha, a man who works for Johnson Controls cheers the move by Flir Inc.† He owns many shares of this company.† He heads to bed, unaware that Johnson Controls is set to announce that their stock is down $10.


First published: May, 2008
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