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Waiting for the Last Piece of the Puzzle

Here is the US Economy Checklist:

Manufacturing: ISM & PMI Mfg reports say it's on the rise.

Services: Reports show expansion, but a tad softer than expected because of bad weather. Strong consumer sentiment and income readings point to more strength ahead.

Government: They continue to spend like drunken sailors, which is good for GDP...not so great for national debt.

Employment: ???

Friday provides an update on this last piece of the puzzle. The recent negative revisions to the ADP employment report shows that the jobs picture is not particularly robust at this time. But it's not really a drag either. Any positive surprises in the February Employment Situation announcement and we will be at 1900 very soon and may not stop rallying til 25-50 points above that mark.

Being bullish continues to pay the bills.

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