We didn't spend much time under Dow 10,000 thanks to three "decent" showings on the economic front. Unfortunately I don't think we are going to spend much time above 10,000 either. Why's that? Because each of the economic releases has a big "BUT" attached to it. For example, GDP was revised down to +1.6%. That's better than expected, BUT shows slowing growth. Consumer Sentiment was solid...BUT below expectations. Ben Bernanke says exactly the same thing as last time...BUT for one day at least, the market responded well to it. As you probably recall I am in the Muddle Through Economy camp and believe we will have low to modest growth for at least a few years to come. The news today would seem to support that notion. However, there are a lot of folks out there who believe in double dip or worse. I doubt that any of them truly changed their mind after today's news. They can still say "Hey, GDP is slowing down considerably. Watch out for negative #s in the 2nd half". So until 3rd quarter earnings season and GDP comes around to give a fresh read on where we stand, then I think the bears will be in control of the market. And right now I don't think they will be happy until the lows of early July are tested around Dow 9600. At that point my fellow Muddle Through'ers should say "enough is enough already" and buy up stocks at attractive prices.
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