November got off to a strong start early last week, and the rally broadened to include financial and retail stocks. But after a torrid six weeks of bullish behavior while ignoring (or perhaps reveling in) concerns about the global economy during, U.S. stocks encountered some strong technical resistance in the middle of last week, and it has continued into Monday. The Dow Jones Transportation Index continues to a drag on the overall market, and this segment will need to gather some enthusiasm if the broader indexes are to resume their advance. Read more about Sector Detector: Bullish conviction kicks into gear, as the stars align for holiday cheer

January was a good month for the market as the S&P 500 reached a new 5-year high at 1498, up about 5% for the month.  February has started strong, up yet another 1%. Mid-caps dominated the month along with Small-caps, but no style/cap did poorly.  For the month, the leading sectors were Healthcare, up a whopping 9%, as our forward looking SectorCast had predicted, along with Industrials, up about 8.5%, followed by Financials and Energy, up about 8%. Read more about What the Market Wants: Market Valuation just Above Average

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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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Last Monday was a banner day for most indices with S&P 500 hitting at new 46-month high of 1422.  Alas, a week later, today, it closed at 1382, down nearly -3%.  The NASDAQ and DJIA exhibited similar behavior. Read more about What the Market Wants: Concerned Outlook

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Shot through the heart

And you’re to blame, darling

You give love a bad name

An angel’s smile is what you sell

You promise me heaven and then put me through hell

Chains of love, got a hold on me

When passion’s a prison you can’t break free

You’re a loaded gun, yeah

There’s nowhere to run

No one can save me, the damage is done Read more about Dark Horse Traders' Hedge: JCOM Gives Stocks a Bad Name, New Buy/Write Option Positions

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This Could be THE Week

The S&P 500 really cut it close today.  Much like last Friday’s measly comeback for +0.1% gain for the week, it gained +0.22 points, up a whopping +0.016%. Read more about What The Market Wants: This Could be THE Week

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I’m not a perfect person

There’s many things I wish I didn’t do

But I continue learning

I never meant to do those things to you

And so I have to say before I go

That I just want you to know

I’ve found a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

And the reason is you Read more about Dark Horse Traders' Hedge: HUSA Provides The Reason to Take Profits, Option Review for March

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Here is an excerpt from Daniel Sckolnik's latest article on Seeking Alpha:

As of Wednesday's market close, the Baker's Dozen (BD) was up a sturdy 14.8% YTD, compared to 4.8% for SPY over the course of the same time period.

Another popular basket of stocks, the 2012 version of the "Dogs of the Dow," (DOTD) is up slightly less than 4% on the year. Read more about A Baker's Dozen Of Top Value-Stocks For 2012: Part III

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Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I closed my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open

If I had just one wish
Only one demand
I hope he's not like me
I hope he understands
That he can take this life
And hold it by the hand
And he can greet the world
With arms wide open... Read more about Dark Horse Traders' Hedge: New Buy/Write Positions Welcomed With Arms Wide Open

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