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There was a parade of earnings on Thursday with nearly 10% of the companies in the S&P 500 reporting. While far from great, earnings were "good enough" for investors to jump back into the market following Wednesday's modest selloff. The S&P 500 is now back within half a percent of its all-time high.

Thursday provided a good example of the "upward bias" in the stock market where investors applaud mediocre data. This trend will likely continue as long as the Fed keeps its foot on the gas pedal (i.e. no taper). And considering the soft jobs numbers earlier this week, our central bank isn't likely to slowdown anytime soon.

Eventually, the Fed will taper. And once that happens, investors are going to be much more difficult to please. But until then, this market will continue to look for any reason to go higher.

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