U.S. stocks just continue to cruise right along, although investors seem to be displaying a healthy level of caution, looking over their shoulders as they whistle past the graveyard and bet on ongoing improvement in corporate earnings and economic growth. Despite extremely overbought technical conditions and regional hot spots that may ultimately threaten global economic recovery, investors seem undeterred. Read more about Sector Detector: Stocks cruise right along, whistling past the graveyard

As the charts last week indicated might happen, the S&P 500 has fallen four straight days and failed to hold its breakout above 1800 while the Dow Jones Industrials lost 16,000. Only the NASDAQ is still holding on to its breakout above 4000. Although the Basic Materials sector was the leader on Wednesday, the Technology sector was strong, as well, and in fact Tech stocks have been the strongest over the past week and the past month. Read more about Sector Detector: Tech stays strong as markets present a welcome entry point

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Scott MartindaleThe U.S. stock market has been reluctant to provide eager bulls with a tasty entry point ahead of the much anticipated year-end rally. Although the major indexes have seen fit to consolidate a bit and work off some of their overbought conditions, bulls have hoped for a something more substantial. But very few holders are selling these days. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls seek entry point to launch year-end rally

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Scott MartindaleEarnings season is now officially underway, but the Fed is still holding the limelight, as traders anxiously awaited on Wednesday the FOMC minutes from the June 18/19 meeting. Although several members are pushing to begin tapering off this fall on asset purchases (bonds and mortgage-backed securities), which spooked the markets, in fact it now appears that the controlling opinion is that the U.S. Read more about Sector Detector: Earnings take center stage as the Fed returns to the fold

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The market enthusiasm generated by the positive employment report on Friday carried over to today.  The rally in Technology stocks continued from last week, but Financials did even better.  With the Nikkei and FTSE both closed, the off-shore action ended slightly more positive than negative.  We had no domestic reports today in what will be a quiet week of economic news with only Thursday’s Initial Jobless Claims and Wholesale Inventories Reports, followi Read more about What the Market Wants: Risk Remains On

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After a bullish performance last week, the market began the day a little off but managed to fight its way into increases across the major indices with S&P 500 closing at 1556, just 9 points shy of its record closing high in 2007. Read more about What the Market Wants: Market Trying to Go Higher

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope all of you have a Valentine and already know what love is on a personal level.  At 48, I am still searching but “can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life.” And that is all the mush allowed in this article about stocks.

There is a good lesson to be shared here about investment. No good comes from expressing love when it comes to successful investing because, if you do, there will only be “heartache and pain.”  Investors have to analyze and reanalyze the reason to be in or out of a position almost daily, and yet, never fall in love with the company.  “This mountain I must climb” of not falling in love with any stock should be one of your top investing rules.  The best advice I can give any investor is “gotta read between the lines” and leave love for your personal life. Read more about Dark Horse Trader's Hedge: I Wanna Know What Love Is

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We come into the week riding a new five-year high for the S&P 500 and eight consecutive positive trading sessions.  But a busy week lies ahead with a bevy of economic reports and a boatload of Q4 earnings.  So far we’ve only had a peek at the first couple economic reports, and they were mixed with Durable Goods riding transportation to beat an expected 1.7% increase (after last month’s 0.7% increase) with a solid 4.6% gain.  However Pending Home Sales Read more about What the Market Wants: How will more earnings affect the market?

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Editor’s Note: Walter Gault is this week’s author. David Brown will be back next week. Read more about What the Market Wants: Avoid Big Banks, Consider Asset Managment

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Scott MartindaleI am not going to mention the nickname for the dominant issue of the day, since you are probably on the verge of screaming if you here it again (hint: initials are F.C.). But, unfortunately, we all remain hostage to the relentless political posturing of our elected officials during these critical budget negotiations. Not that we haven’t asked for it. Read more about Sector Detector: Tech shows best valuations as budget negotiation continues

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