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The Real Reason Stocks Were Down

This is Todd Bunton filling in for Steve...

The stock market has soared since the government shutdown ended and the debt ceiling was raised last week. Perhaps it flew a little too close to the sun. Stocks sold off on Wednesday, marking the first day that the S&P 500 was down since the clouds cleared up over Washington.

So why were stocks down on Wednesday?

There were a couple of disappointing earnings reports you could point your finger at [e.g. Caterpillar (CAT)], but in reality this earnings season has already been a bit of a disappointment. And the market has shown that it doesn't care too much about earnings right now as long as they're not terrible. So the better explanation is that after five straight days of gains, the market simply became overbought and was overdue for a day in the red. Modest selloffs like Wednesday are completely normal inside of a bull market.

While Q3 earnings season has been less than stellar so far, the "goldilocks" economic data (not too hot, not too cold), decreases the chances of the Fed tapering quantitative easing this year. And that, as we have seen, creates a bullish environment for stocks.

The rising tide of the bull market has lifted most boats, and there is a good chance that trend continues throughout the rest of 2013. Nonetheless, there are some strategies that have still managed to crush the bull market this year. Check out one of the market-doubling strategies in the article below:

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