Investors in U.S. equities seem to have embraced a new market paradigm in which upside spikes come more swiftly than the downside selloffs. Remember when it used to be the other way around? When fear was stronger than greed? The market is consolidating its gains off the early-October V-bottom reversal, and no one seems to be in any hurry to unload shares this time around, with the holidays rapidly approaching and all. Read more about Sector Detector: Investors make up new rules for their new market paradigm

Scott MartindaleAlthough the large caps set new highs early on Friday, small caps and NASDAQ have not come close to their prior highs. Friday closed with extreme weakness across the board, and it was on high volume. The technical picture and our fundamentals-based sector rankings have both taken a bearish turn, so we might see more weakness ahead. Read more about Sector Detector: Rankings take a bearish turn as the flight to safety solidifies

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Scott Martindale“Stocks fall on Fed taper discussion.” That’s the gist of what you heard in the media on Wednesday to account for the market’s late-day pullback. There’s always some sort of attempt to explain daily market action. But the reality is that investors simply must take a periodic breather to regroup and retrench, particularly when making an assault on round-number resistance for a major index. Read more about Sector Detector: Stocks retrench for another assault on round-number resistance

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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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I doubt that this will come as much of a surprise even to the most bullish Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) investor.  The irony of incorporating lyrics from KISS, a band which has made a very nice living on hype and theatrics, shouldn’t be lost when relating to Tesla.  Co-founder, Elon Musk, an inventor and entrepreneur who isn’t shy about hyping his cool electric vehicle into a $21 Billion valuation, said the following after Q1’s positive free cash flow claim: Read more about Dark Horse: Tesla is Grossly Overvalued Right Here, Right Now

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Scott MartindaleThe intransigence continues in Washington, and it has kept stock market buyers at bay until they get the go signal from Congress. This has left the sellers in control as investor sentiment has temporarily shifted from a buy-the-dip mentality to protect-your-gains and preservation-of-capital. Read more about Sector Detector: Buy the dip sentiment gives way to preservation of capital

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Scott MartindaleCentral banks reiterated their commitment to supporting the global economy, and US investors showed their approval. The central banks are clearly prepared to keep the liquidity flowing for now, austerity be damned. Such statements are music to investors’ ears. Read more about Sector Detector: Rankings take a noticeably bullish turn

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by Robert Maltbie,

The Long:   Lear Corp.  (LEA)
The Short:  Tesla Motors Inc.  (TSLA)

Lear Corp. (LEA) $ 88.00 -- 6-12 month target: $104 Read more about Pairs Trades: LEA vs. TSLA

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