Scott MartindaleStock investors are protecting gains and holding off on deploying cash as concerns abound about central banks, including the Federal Reserve, tapering off on their stimulus programs, i.e., money printing. Low-interest policies and quantitative easing have been the driving force for economic recovery while pushing return-hungry investors into equities by default.

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After a bullish performance last week, the market began the day a little off but managed to fight its way into increases across the major indices with S&P 500 closing at 1556, just 9 points shy of its record closing high in 2007.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope all of you have a Valentine and already know what love is on a personal level.  At 48, I am still searching but “can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life.” And that is all the mush allowed in this article about stocks.

There is a good lesson to be shared here about investment. No good comes from expressing love when it comes to successful investing because, if you do, there will only be “heartache and pain.”  Investors have to analyze and reanalyze the reason to be in or out of a position almost daily, and yet, never fall in love with the company.  “This mountain I must climb” of not falling in love with any stock should be one of your top investing rules.  The best advice I can give any investor is “gotta read between the lines” and leave love for your personal life.

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In our last article (September 8, 2012), we commented on the likelihood that the United States would follow the ECB in implementing a form of QE3, which in fact happened.  It happened with such a magnitude that many “experts” have given the impression that Fed Chairman Bernanke “better slow (his) Mustang down.” The argument for or against QE3 is best left for another day, but I believe it is safe to say that the re-opening of the printing machine will help prop the market up in the short term, allowing us to make safer additions to our Dark Horse Traders’ Hedge long positions.

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Our opinion is that current equity prices are reasonable, if not a tad on the cheap side, unless of course none of the above action items turn out positive for investors. The U.S. economy could probably survive without QE3; however, Draghi’s task is of particular concern. The amount of European sovereign debt held by banks could be disastrous if Greece, Spain, and Italy collapse. A decline in the euro would lead to downward EPS revisions in U.S. equities and place them on an overvalued shelf.

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