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The Machines Are Back On As Randolph And Mortimer Stage Epic Comeback - OJ Trading At All Time High

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As of today, Orange Juice has just hit an all time high price of $223.25 (this time on talk of an import ban in Brazil but who really cares), and has returned a jaw-dropping 32.4% YTD, or 7,032% annualized. This is the biggest 4 day surge since October 2006, and for all intents and purposes, essentially the biggest ever. Needless to say, Randolph and Mortimer Capital LLC is back up and running, and has been forced to limit investor inflows due to unprecedented interest in this asset class, which, yes, you can eat (a little freeze drying may be required in advance). At this rate, bottle service of Dom P at 1Oak will cost less than a small container of Tropicana.

And even though we used this clip previously, we rerun it once again to show what a Trading Places sequel would look like, when one does, in fact, "turn those machines back on."


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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Fips_OnTheSpot
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+100 for Trading Places :)

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment Vergeltung
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"yeah, baby, once you had a man with no legs, you never go back"


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Manthong
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"OJ is too volatile for me."

-Nicole Brown Simpson

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 15:00 | Link to Comment Michael
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The way they've been chemtrailing/geo-engineering Florida these days with aluminum and barium, I won't be drinking any Florida OJ any time soon.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment homersimpson
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I'm not a (live)  trader, or even a finance guy. But in that scene where folks are buying up OJ futures (which drives the prices to 140), why did all the folks want to sell ASAP as soon as Akyroyd/Murphy yelled out SELL SELL at that 140 mark That part I just don't understand. Is it safe to assume that's more Hollywood than anything..?

Just as importantly, they were buying up a lot of OJ futures as the prices sunk down.

Maybe I missed something from this scene..? Just curious how a trading pit works, that's all.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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Everyone was BUYING because they thought Randolph and Mortimer knew something. When Dan and Eddy offered to SELL to them, it was like throwing meat to a bunch of hungry lions. Everyone was BUYING and Dan and Eddy were the only SELLERS.

When Randolph and Mortimer saw Dan and Eddy SELLING they realised they had been had. They ran down to the floor to tell their broker to stop BUYING and start SELLING. But they were too late.

When the Department of Agriculture released the orange crop report, everyone knew the price of OJ was going DOWN.

So Dan and Eddy SOLD SHORT @ 142 then BOUGHT BACK at much lower prices (at the end of the scene, the price has fallen to 29).

They cleaned up several thousand dollars X however many thousands of contracts they managed to buy and sell, possible running into the millions.

Randolph and Mortimer lost money at a similar rate.

So yes, there was a lot of Hollywood in the scene but that is basically the way commodity markets worked back in 1983. Today the open outcry system of buying and selling has been replaced by computers.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:46 | Link to Comment long-shorty
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A&M were selling!!!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment Jackfish
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And Trading Places was more prescient than you think...... 

Dan Aykroyd    "I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me. I lost my job, I lost my house, Penelope hated me and it was all because of this terrible, awful Negro."

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 15:32 | Link to Comment grunk
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I had been attributing that quote to Mitt Romney.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 16:29 | Link to Comment slackrabbit
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And remember Tyler is a Karate Man!!!



Mon, 01/23/2012 - 17:24 | Link to Comment Goldilocks
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“quart of blood technique”... (Awesome) ';-)


Carl Douglas - Kung fu fighting(original) (3:10)

kung fu fighting (3:08)

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:32 | Link to Comment Jason T
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Too funny!  This is why I read Zerohedge...well, one reason.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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I'm a karate man... I bleed on the inside... But you wouldn't know that because you're a big Barry White lookin MFer...

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:55 | Link to Comment israhole
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Yeah, what is ya, igrant?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:32 | Link to Comment CalibratedConfidence
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HFT doesn't cause volatility (sarc)

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Irish66
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Mimosa heaven

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:34 | Link to Comment Internet Tough Guy
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Looking good, Billy Ray.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:36 | Link to Comment VelvetHog
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Brazillian orange juice wax, anyone?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Benedict Farse
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"Hey. Back off! I'll rip out your eyes and piss on your brain." - Clarence Beeks for President.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:51 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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 I am sure , all things being equal,  they will be raising the margin requirements soon. After all OJ is a very volatile commodity.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment kito
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Wait till they discover fungacide on foreign gold ;)

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Head of Exchange: "Your brother is having a heart attack."

"Screw him. Get back in there and turn those machines back on."

Don't you just love brotherly love?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 15:51 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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"let's kill the motherfuckers".

Billy Ray Valentine

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment riphowardkatz
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I wish you would switch to my preferred phrase " for all intensive purposes."

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 03:16 | Link to Comment Silver Bug
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Wow, just sad.


Pandora Style Beads

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment AC_Doctor
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CME treasonous bastards will raise the margins 6 times in 9 days like they did to slam silver---unless their owners and butt buddies at JPM are LONG orange juice futures.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:26 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Don't forget the end-of-year raid, because they scared, they kids want the GI Joe with the kung fu group, they sellin'

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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"yeah, i was in Dang Nang over there in Vietcong...special code name was Agent Orange"


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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Gold and Silver Bitchez............

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:48 | Link to Comment BLOTTO
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BTW - thats NOT real orange juice in the 'Simply Pure - 100% NOT from concentrate' and the 'Minute Maid'

...its flavour packets.

Reality is their Illusion

Their Fantasy is the Reality

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:47 | Link to Comment YesWeKahn
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I will sae my OJ for next year. It's the orange gold!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:48 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment BlackSunshine
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The short squeeze on SLV followed through today, although they say it's not a short squeeze, it's PSLV buying up more spot. Whatever the case, someone's getting their asses squeezed.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:11 | Link to Comment xela2200
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Love it when the market imposes itself. Especially, if it is in my direction.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:53 | Link to Comment keating
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OJ all the way. I love it.


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:55 | Link to Comment SheepleLOVEched...
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"Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines back on!"

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:55 | Link to Comment lynnybee
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L.O.L...... thanks for making me laugh.    i'm fascinated by "the pits" .    if i had my life to do over again, i'd be a commodities trader  (or a dentist) .  

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:57 | Link to Comment AC_Doctor
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Where's the bloody glove?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Rainman
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They're almost giving away navel oranges in SoCal....39 cent a pound.

Only thing USA manufactures anymore is pricing. 

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:58 | Link to Comment kralizec
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OJ up, check.  How's vodka doing? (Hic!)

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:59 | Link to Comment ihedgemyhedges
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"At this rate, bottle service of Dom P at 1Oak will cost less than a small container of Tropicana."

But what if you're a metrosexual Wall St. banker having a Dom P MIMOSA at 10ak?????????  Hmmmmmm Tyler???????

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:20 | Link to Comment SaveTheGreenback
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Where's Beeks? Where in the hell is Beeks? 

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:23 | Link to Comment vegas
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Pod rot in Ghana. WTF.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:27 | Link to Comment cheesewizz
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I might be wrong, But this clip is copyrighted.

But I was sure right about BAC +40% oh my, Now I only down 80%

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:35 | Link to Comment QEsucks
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Stay thirsty my friends.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:56 | Link to Comment Hugh Jorgan
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That is the single greatest headline in journalistic history.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 15:29 | Link to Comment littleenglander
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Check out the trading places Gold prices at 2:06... it's clearly a prediction!!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 17:19 | Link to Comment Use of Weapons
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OJ isn't the product you think it is (certainly for 'from concentrate' types): the refined product is stored in million litre vats for up to two years at at time (chilled) where it remains until flavouring & colouring additives are added subject to the local market. And no, it doesn't taste like oranges, and it certainly isn't orange coloured. So, different brands of OJ use different colourings / flavourings (the process is like dipping a tea-bag into hot water for flavourings), and different markets prefer different flavours. Much like soft drinks ~ which OJ most certainly is, in terms of nutrition and the companies who produce it. (Big three majors, as ever).

AUS had a bumper crop in 2011 [See here for press on cost crashes due to glut] , and industrial storage is fairly stocked. Likewise, due to the storage of the concentrate, the futures market shouldn't be next year's crop, but the one after. So... Not sure of the why's of it, I'd have to do some digging; but it has little to do with current production or harvest levels.


Ahh... I understand now: it's shorthand for conflict prediction: 7 of the top 10 producers are slated for more upheaval this year, and Brazil knows it. Why am I not surprised?


Top orange producers
(million tons) 2005 2008  Brazil 17.8 18.5  United States 8.4 9.1  India 3.1 4.4  Mexico 4.1 4.3  China 2.4 3.7  Spain 2.3 3.3  Iran 2.0 2.6  Italy 2.2 2.5  Indonesia 2.2 2.3  Egypt 1.8 2.1  Pakistan 1.6 1.7
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