Is a turn in natural gas finally here?  (StockCharts Blog, Behind the Headlines, Fund My Mutual Fund, The Technical Take, ETFdb)

More death crosses occurring in overseas markets.  (Barron’s)

Corporate insiders are becoming more bullish.  (Marketwatch)

Why catching a falling knife can hurt you.  (Crossing Wall Street)

Liquidity, or lack thereof, as a return factor.  (Street Talk)

Data speed matters in high-frequency trading.  (WSJ also Kid Dynamite)

Will the VIX stay high all summer?  (Options Zone)

A longer term look at intraday VIX spikes.  (VIX and More)

Are volatility clusters bearish?  (CXO Advisory Group)

Why everybody and their brother are now trading options.  (BusinessWeek)

On the value of contingency plans.  (Derek Hernquist)

Some ways to play the BP (BP) oil spill.  (Street Capitalist, Financial Adviser)

Now we have two international corporate bond ETFs.  (IndexUniverse)

What does an investment in hedge funds really get you?  (EconomPic Data)

John Paulson continues his push into casinos.  (Street Sweep)

Has the Warren Buffett bubble finally popped?  (Felix Salmon)

“Why do people who work in finance earn more than most other people?”  (Economist)

Mid-tier prime brokers are seeing a surge in business.  (Institutional Investor)

Why Libor matters.  (Prof. Pinch)

Fed hawks are talking rate hikes.  (Reuters also Mankiw Blog)

How too big to fail turned into too gigantic to fail.  (The Reformed Broker)

Payroll numbers come in way below expectations.  (Calculated Risk, ibid, Economix, Atlantic Business, Felix Salmon, Carpe Diem)

State and local governments fire, while the census hires.  (Real Time Economics, Clusterstock)

On the (low) odds of a double-dip recession.  (Slate contra Pragmatic Capitalism)

Is housing already double-dipping?  (Pragmatic Capitalism also Felix Salmon)

What the “pickup truck indicator” is saying about the economy.  (Carpe Diem)

On the differential tax statue of investment capital and human capital.  (Economix)

Hungary has a big budget deficit and borrowed heavily in Euros.  (Credit Writedowns, FT Alphaville, Free exchange)

Why does any one still listen to Steve Ballmer?  (GigaOM, 37 signals)

Ballmer vs. Jobs on the future of the PC.  (WSJ)

Adding insult to injury.  2010 is expected to a bad year for Gulf hurricanes.  (New Scientist also Business Insider)

John Carney, “It is unlikely that the regulators who anointed Moody’s and S&P with their special designation understood the consequences of their actions.”  (CNBC)

Credit rating umpires are now seen as irrelevant.  (Barron’s)

What the rise in perfect games tell us about luck, outliers and financial markets.  (Bloomberg)

Bud Selig made the right call.  (The Wire)

Why are the great powers so bad at football/soccer?  (Daniel Drezner)

The bull market in classic rock acts.  (Money & Co.)

Light beer is under siege.  (Atlantic Business, WSJ)

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