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Damn You China!

Economic data in the US continues to be solid. Even earnings are perking up a notch.

So who do we have to blame for Thursday's tumble?

Look no further than China where the PMI Flash Manufacturing Index showed weakness at 49.6. Not only is this under the 50.6 expected, it is also a sign of possible contraction in that most important aspect of their economy.

Now let's be honest with ourselves. China posted equally weak numbers a few times in 2013. Yet that didn't stop our economy from gaining steam or from US stocks rising over 30%. This is simply an easy excuse for folks to take more profits.

Like I have been stating. We are stuck in a range of 1800 to 1850 for a while. Just use the dips to snap up more of your favorite positions.

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