Scott MartindaleAs stock traders take a break for Thanksgiving, all the major averages have hit new highs after breaking through psychological resistance levels, including the S&P 500 at 1800, Dow Jones Industrials at 16,000, and NASDAQ at 4000. Tech stocks were the big leaders on Wednesday after a strong earnings report from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ).

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Today, Thanksgiving week was greeted with a marginally up day by the markets with the NASDAQ reaching a new high of 4007 before falling back below 4000 to close up nearly 3 points at 3995.57.  The S&P 500 reached a new all-time high at 1808.58 before ending the day down a little over 2 points at 1802.48.

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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.” -- Robert Frost

Right now, it looks like it would take a major downside event to prevent the major indices from having a swimmingly good year.

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Scott Martindale“Stocks fall on Fed taper discussion.” That’s the gist of what you heard in the media on Wednesday to account for the market’s late-day pullback. There’s always some sort of attempt to explain daily market action. But the reality is that investors simply must take a periodic breather to regroup and retrench, particularly when making an assault on round-number resistance for a major index.

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The S&P 500 seemed to hit a wall at 1800, retreating after the all-time, but rebounded to close only 0.38% down. It could be just a pause or it could be a bit more serious due the plethora of earnings reports this week from the Consumer Discretionary sector.  Today, URBN began what will be a veritable deluge of retail sector earnings reports this week

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These four stocks about to rock will “give you everything you need.  Hail, Hail to the good times” for  JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU), Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc. (JAZZ), Ocwen Financial Corporation (OCN) and Arris Enterprises Inc. (ARRS) are about to “stand up and be counted.”  The earnings growth in these four stocks has earned them “the right of way.”

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought.” -- Basho

While investors may be getting a stiff neck looking up at the recent string of new market highs, they might soon look back wistfully at that minor level of discomfort as compared to the one they experience once the market dips low enough to touch the actual economy.

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Scott MartindaleThe U.S. stock market has been reluctant to provide eager bulls with a tasty entry point ahead of the much anticipated year-end rally. Although the major indexes have seen fit to consolidate a bit and work off some of their overbought conditions, bulls have hoped for a something more substantial. But very few holders are selling these days.

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Today, the markets barely moved all day; the bond markets were closed for Armistice Day; and there were no scheduled government reports. Volume was nearly negligible, so it’s very difficult to draw any conclusions from today. 

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A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” -- Bob Dylan

There seems to be no end to the upside of the market, at least if you go by the trend of the major indices over the last month or so.

Today, the SPY index closed at new highs while the S&P 500 was not able to make a new high, but closed strong, up about 0.3% on the day. The Russell 2000 (RUT) rebounded from a very weak performance over the past two weeks due to profit taking.  Today, it rose 1.15%, but volume was below average.

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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate, it becomes transformed by thought.” — Pablo Picasso

Last week saw investors exposed to a broad swath of noise from a number of diverse sources, and the bottom line was that Wall Street pretty much ended the week close to where it had begun.

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