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Small-Cap Stocks Surge, Suggesting More Gains To Come

The markets, after opening with steep losses yesterday, made an impressive comeback by the close. The Dow, which was down by -300 points in the morning, finished lower by only -83 points or -0.33% by day's end. The S&P was barely off at all giving up just -0.05%. The Nasdaq actually closed up, gaining 0.33%. And the Russell 2000 Small-Cap Index plowed higher by 0.79%.

Take note: as I've said before, seeing the 'riskier' small-cap stocks take a leadership position, on an impressive day like yesterday, shows the market's appetite for risk (bullish) and is a strong testament for more gains to come.

Tariff talk continued to sow confusion in the market. But reports that the White House is considering exemptions for Canada and Mexico eased some of those worries. And growing pressure from lawmakers pushing for targeted measures aimed at the worst abusers (read as China) rather than blanketed measures also seemed to calm the market.

And let's not forget the undeniable strength of the economy -- the best in decades, and it's only just getting started.

With the 2-week correction notwithstanding, the market is back to being within striking distance of its all-time highs, while hundreds and hundreds of individual stocks are setting new high records.

So hopefully you're beating the market this year. Because this is history in the making. And it's imperative you take full advantage of it.

But sadly, too many people are underperforming the market.

I think for many, their universe of familiar stocks is relatively small, so they find themselves in mediocre stocks because they don't know of anything better to get into. But it doesn't have to be that way. Find out now how to put the winningest stocks on your radar and in your portfolio, so you too can outperform the market. See how in our latest commentary:

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