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Well, well, well – and how many times did investors over the years sell out of these main indices because of a bearish situation, only to find out that guess what – they all ended higher than ever before yesterday. It sort of reminds one of the situation where the Dow ended “Black Monday” October 19, 1987 at 1,800 and never closed lower than that on its way to almost 40,000 at the present time. So this begs the question of why does a person ever sell on these bearish patterns when one knows that over time these indices do tend to reach record highs?

So the Dow gained 349 points to a best-ever 39,908 led by large gains in AMGN, CRM, GS, HD and MSFT. The S&P did even better with a strong 61 point advance to its highest close of 5308 led by its three largest components which are MSFT, AAPL and newly energized NVDA ahead of its earnings report next Wednesday, in addition to homebuilders, financials and energy.

The Nasdaq added to its record gains from the day before to a new high of 231 up to 16,742 led by those large tech issues while the Russell 2000 Index of small stocks also ended better than ever at 2109 for a 22 point advance.

So it was not surprising that the VIX dropped all the way down right to support levels of 12.45 and if it breaks below that area, the market could continue to make another leg higher, all the way down to a 10 VIX, which is as low as it is going to get and that should finally stop equities on the upside.

Relief came from the bond market, where Treasury yields eased to release some of the pressure on the stock market. The moves resulted from strengthening expectations among traders that the Federal Reserve may indeed cut its main interest rate this year.

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Donald M. Selkin

Chief Market Strategist


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