Scott MartindaleUntil today, the stock market had lost its year-end traction, and it is exclusively due to the unresolved Federal budget and the looming Fiscal Cliff and debt ceiling. Optimism among investors that something will certainly get done had fallen victim to political theater and the reality that our elected officials view compromise as a sure path to losing their next election.

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You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.” -- Milton Berle

If you are either an investor or trader looking for a good place to put a bet down for 2013, you may not need to look much further than the eurozone.

The first question you may ask is: But in which direction?

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If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.”  -- R. Buckminster Fuller

Barring a flock of Black Swans swooping down to descend on Wall Street, investor focus will inarguably be placed upon the political theater now playing out in Washington.

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Clearly the market wants the fiscal cliff resolved and in a way that doesn’t destroy or seriously hurt the economy.  Today was proof.  President Obama and House Speaker Boehner’s 45 minute meeting generated a solid market advance in excess of 1%, despite a horrid Empire State Manufacturing index release.  The days remaining until “the cliff” are dwindling fast.

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I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” -- Steven Wright

Ben Bernanke drew a solid line in the sand last week, announcing that the Federal Reserve was anchoring its rates to the unemployment rate. And, while not an action that changes much in the short term, it could prove to be the start of a more transparent Fed.

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Scott MartindaleSanta Claus is trying his hardest to keep spirits bright among stock investors. But the President and the House are not playing nice and just might find a lump of coal in their stockings. Neither appears willing to give an inch, so some observers predict that we will indeed go over the fiscal cliff, at least until mid-January.

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First and foremost, Happy Holidays to all!

While we wait to see if Washington is going to bring us Christmas cheer or Scrooge 2012 (beware of the 3rd visitor which foreshadows the future), it is a good time of year to review the Dark Horse Traders’ Hedge portfolio.  I have one option trade to recommend and two positions that I would recommend taking gains on in 2012 and replacing with new positions.

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We will definitely face more of the same this week as we have the past week.  There seems to be some progress between the President and Congress, but it’s anybody’s guess what combination of increased revenue and reduced expenses will survive political battle.  It will probably be some combination of increased taxes on the top 2% of our wealthiest citizens and some reduction in medical spending.  Who knows what else?  More on that later.

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“If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.” --  George Bernard Shaw

The fact that Washington continues to act out its political theater in somewhat of a vacuum, as if its actions had little impact on the rest of the country, doesn’t seem to be fazing the U.S. equity market a whole lot at the moment.

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Scott MartindaleI am not going to mention the nickname for the dominant issue of the day, since you are probably on the verge of screaming if you here it again (hint: initials are F.C.). But, unfortunately, we all remain hostage to the relentless political posturing of our elected officials during these critical budget negotiations. Not that we haven’t asked for it.

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Scott Brown, President of Sabrient Systems, will be live on the Business News Network at 1:30 pm PT to reveal Sabrient's top stock picks. http://www.bnn.ca/shows/the-close.aspx

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Today was an inauspicious start to December.  Based on positive pre-opening behavior from Europe, including a number of positive PMI’s (purchasing manager indices), as well as a positive November PMI of 52.8 from our own economy (up from 51.0 in October), our domestic markets opened up about 0.5%.

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“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” -- Mark Twain 

More stimulus for the eurozone is likely in the cards at some point in the near future, as the European Central Bank (ECB) ponders its options in addressing the region’s highest unemployment rate since the euro was established nearly fourteen years ago.

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