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Investors Bold in Wake of Fed Announcement

Just a month ago stocks were soaring to an all-time high at 1687 on the S&P 500. Next thing you know speculation grows rampant on when QE will be tapered and what that means for the stock market.

A 5% correction ensued with market volatility being the norm. Yet since last Wednesday's close, stocks have advanced +2.4% including an impressive gain Tuesday.

Reity, what do you make of all of this?

More investors are reading the Fed tea leaves to mean that QE will not be tapered too soon. Nor will it be removed too quickly. That has more investors returning to the bullish mood of the recent past.

Granted the Fed could flip over a wild card on Wednesday and we retest 1600 once again. However, given what we know now, I like the odds better of taking a shot up towards 1700.

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