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I Smell Consolidation in the Air

Stocks have rebounded nicely from recent lows. But now as we approach the highs at 1850 stocks seem ready for a rest. Or what you might call a consolidation period.

The telltale signs were on full display Tuesday given the disparate results of the various stock groups. You see, the overall market, as judged by the S&P 500, was barely changed. Yet the Nasdaq was actually up +0.7%. And even better were the small caps in the Russell 2000 at +1.1%. And at the other end of the spectrum the Dow 30 stocks were actually in the red.

Some call this a rotation period where money swirls from group to group looking for new leadership. Yet the net result is neutral for the entire stock market.

The key to success is to not read anything into the day to day gyrations. Just keep focused on the long term trend which remains quite bullish. Soon enough we will break above 1850 to make new highs.

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