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Bad News Brings New Highs

Stocks closed at their highest level on Monday. Yet, how could that be after a surprisingly low GDP report on Friday? Or with Monday's personal income reading being lower than expected? Or with the 5th straight regional Fed Mfg report under estimates (the last 3 in contraction territory)???

I think the answer is becoming more obvious. Weak economic data insures that the Fed will keep pumping in QE. This means that bond rates are unappealing and "cash is trash" leading to stocks being the best game in town.

Of course there is a point where economic data becomes too weak and a recession, with a bear market, come on down the pike. We are not there yet. So play the hand you are dealt.

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