Last week, the spotlight of worry was back on Greece’s solvency. This week it is Spain’s turn again to spook us. Greece, Spain, and Italy are in economic disarray, and the prospect of growing their way out of trouble appears unlikely given the recessionary forces. Even emerging market darlings like Brazil, China, and India are struggling. Although U.S.

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Editor’s note: Walt Gault is the guest author this week. David Brown will be back next week.

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“I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.” -- Mark Twain

After a rather traumatic month of May that saw investors refocus on the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis with a vengeance, there now seems to be emerging a shift in the winds in terms of sentiment concerning the monetary union’s chances of survival.

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Last week was horrible, while today was quite good, albeit on low volume.  What happened?  Let’s review the facts.

Last week, the S&P 500 dropped over -4% to close Friday at the key support at 1295, off nearly -8% from its April high.  Mid-cap Growth was the worst style/cap, down -6.2%.  The best was Large-cap Value, off -4.3%.

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“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” -- Carl Sagan

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He’s got plenty of cash

He’s got plenty of friends

He drives women wild

Then drives off in his Mercedes-Benz

He’s got a long wick with a flame at both ends

He’s hot

But don’t let him go

Just give him a chance to grow

Take it easy, take it slow

And don’t let him go

Don’t let him go

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When something is confusing or incomprehensible, a person might say, “It’s all Greek to me.” Well, that’s exactly what investors have been saying for the past several days—in the market’s inimitable way. Despite promising economic and corporate news in the U.S., the headline risk from Europe has been just too much to bear. It is keeping the bulls at bay, and front and center for an encore performance is Greece.

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A weekend of more election surprises in Europe, as a socialist candidate won a key state vote in Germany, threatening Prime Minister Angela Merkel‘s stance on austerity in the Eurozone. The Greek “leadership” has all but abandoned hope of forming a new elected government, likely requiring yet another vote.

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By Meena Krishnamsetty (Insider Monkey Editor)

Hedge funds will disclose their end of first quarter holdings next week. However, we can still track hedge funds’ transactions through Form 4, 13D, and 13G filings. We don’t get to see their entire portfolio in these filings but we get to see their recent transactions in their large positions. Here are the stocks hedge funds bought recently:

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Last week I noted that there wasn’t much new to say about the stock market and its drivers lately, but like washing your car tends to attract rain, my comments were immediately followed by anger-driven election results in France and Greece. Both of these elections were about a rejection of austerity mandates placed upon a citizenry already feeling severe pain. The thought process is, “If the U.S.

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Today’s trading began amidst a multitude of unpleasant factors.

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“Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.” -- Miguel de Cervantes

European politics are certain to dominate the conversation among investors this week and should, more than likely, continue to be the focus of attention for the remainder of the month, either directly or indirectly.

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Sabrient's Chief Market Strategist, David Brown, will be on interviewed on today's (May 4) segment of the Money Life Show, hosted by Chuck Jaffe. David appears a little after midway through the show.

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Have you noticed that there hasn’t been much new to say about the stock market and its drivers lately? Bears are weary from calling tops that don’t follow through, and bulls are hesitant to inject more cash until they have a more inspiring catalyst. So, we’re pretty much left to wonder whether the overworked mantra “Sell in May and go away” will be a self-fulfilling prophecy…or a contrarian catalyst for the bulls to get busy again.

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