Wall Street presently seems to be in a sideways state of mind, with the major indices traveling predominantly horizontal these last couple of weeks. Not a surprise, really, as the news cycle has been relatively tame and the current earnings season largely followed the predicted script.

So for investors, the question is whether the market is consolidating for a push into yet another round of record highs or simply running out of steam and veering towards an inevitable correction. And, with a busy week on tap, the year’s bullish uptrend gets yet another opportunity to be tested, and the consolidation-vs-reversal question gets yet another look. Read more about ETF Periscope: With Eurozone Showing Signs of Life, Should Investors Take Notice?

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So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact. And remember that Life’s a great balancing act.” -- Dr. Seuss

The market has gone back to its Bullish ways, resuming the upward trajectory that has been effectively going on for most of the year, as represented by the 13% gain to date of the S&P 500 Index (SPX). Read more about ETF Periscope: VIX May Be Low, But High Volatility Continues to Lurk

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Eurozone has been sinking into a steady and extended recession, and if there is some reason for that trend to reverse itself in the near future, it isn’t an obvious one at the moment. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is the Eurozone About to Shake Up Wall Street Again?

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -- Winston Churchill

For the moment, investors continue to see any signs of a sharp market drop as a clear buying opportunity, rather than as a time to panic and exit the market.

In other words, greed currently trumps fear on Wall Street.

Is this a perfect time for a contrarian play or what? Read more about ETF Periscope: Gold Gets Smacked Down as Wall Street Continues to Soar

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” -- William Shakespeare

In spite of the fact that the market has been hitting record highs recently, the deep disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street, accelerated by the budget cuts known as the sequester, will likely cause the Bulls to retreat in a serious way within the next couple of earnings seasons. Read more about ETF Periscope: Sequester Will Slam Brakes On Any Momentum Economy Might Have Left

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“Nothing like a little judicious levity.”-- Robert Louis Stevenson

A few weeks back, when word hit Wall Street that the Cyprus government planned to impose an across-the-board tax on the depositors of its two biggest banks, the major indices fell sharply and quickly. Read more about ETF Periscope: Warning Bells On Cypress Continue to Toll for Investors

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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” -- Albert Einstein

Ben Bernanke is back for yet another close-up this week, and in spite of a certain degree of dissent amongst the Fed ranks, chances are better than even-money that the press conference that follows this week’s gathering of the Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) will find Big Ben indicating that the super low interest rates, strong stimulus tack will remain in place. Read more about ETF Periscope: Fed Won’t Stop the Party Just Yet

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Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.  -- Pablo Picasso

The Bulls rocked out last week, clearing the table of mostly all things Bearish, with the major indices going five for five in terms of winning days. Read more about ETF Periscope: Time to Place a New Bet on China Equities?

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If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -- Dale Carnegie

Wall Street has been locked into a sideways trend for the last month or so, see-sawing between January’s predominately bullish momentum and a newfound wave of investor indecisiveness, something that was mostly absent the first four weeks of the year to date.

Is Ben Bernanke about to change all that? And if so, which side of the fulcrum will he tilt the market towards? Read more about ETF Periscope: The Fed Rudely Reinserts Itself Back into the Conversation

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Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Wall Street is on a nice little run at the moment, precisely the sort that is almost too seductive to avoid. So does that in fact make it the time to avoid it?

Maybe, maybe not. Yet bandwagons should be, at the very least, soundly considered prior to hopping aboard one. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is an Overheated Market About to Let Off Some Steam?

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