Leo Tolstoy had a real-life irrepressible niece (the character "Natasha" is patterned after her in W. and Peace). Conversely, Tolstoy was a depressive personality. One night at the Tolstoy dinner table Uncle Lev could not remain silent about her maddening youthful, insouciance and sternly looked his niece in the eyes: "My god you silly girl, do you not have the slightest grasp in life that everyone at this table, including yourself, will someday be lying in their graves with worms crawling through their skulls... each and every one of us?"
Tolstoy's niece thought for a moment and burst into laughter: "Oh, Uncle Lev, you are so funny."
On Monday, Dec. 1st, Pfizer was upgraded by Merrill Lynch to near-term buy. This may signal the beginning of a substantial move in the short term. The consumer non-cyclicals have shown some promise lately. Any thoughts/comments?