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Is the Bull Tiring Yet?

Investors stayed in a bullish mood Wednesday after viewing the President's State of the Union address. That's because it was a feel good speech with the usual dose of political overpromising of how great things will be in the future.

Most importantly the President was not overly derisive of his Republican counterparts. Meaning that, at least for now, the Cliff 2 debates may not be overly partisan (but we all know it will get more cantankerous as the deadline approaches).

The safe assumption is that this leg of the bull market is not over. Likely we will progress up to the all-time highs at 1565 with little opposition. Then perhaps we will be ready for a well deserved consolidation period.

What to Do Next?

The above may give the false impression that just about any stock will do. But certainly you understand that some shares will do better than others.

To put the odds strongly in your favor, you should rely upon a proven stock rating system like the Zacks Rank with audited results of 26% per year since 1986. However, there are over 220 of these #1 Ranked Strong Buy stocks to consider at any given time.

That is fine if you are professional investor with 60-80 hours per week to focus on researching the full list. For the rest of you, it's usually better to consider a hand-selected group of these stocks that you can more easily put into your portfolio.

My Reitmeister Trading Alert portfolio currently has 10 stocks and 3 ETFs that fit the bill. These are the same positions I put my own family's money into.

Normally this portfolio is closed to new members. But we are opening it up once again for a limited time. If you want to learn more, then best do so before it closes up again on Saturday February 16th at midnight.

See Reitmeister Trading Alert Portfolio.


Steve Reitmeister

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Zacks Investment Research

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