Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. “ -- Mark Twain

So far, the month of January is proving to be a solid win for the Bulls. And, while the major market mover for the remainder of the month probably will be found in the earning season numbers yet to come, a series of macroeconomic trends seem as if support for the upward trend should continue, perhaps deep into the first quarter of the year.

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People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

Investors seem ready to forgive and forget a lot of the problems that inhabited the 2012 equity market.

And why not?

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If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. -- Abraham Maslow

The pullback from the brink of the fiscal cliff gave investors sufficient reason to celebrate the first week of 2013 by going on a buying spree pretty much across the board of the equity market. Whether the move up was anything more than the equivalent of a sigh of relief from investors expecting the worst from a dysfunctional Congress shall be revealed in short order during the first full week of trading sessions this year.

“When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.”   -- Meister Eckhart

While the U.S. equity market was having something of a party over the course of the holiday-shortened week, the European Union (EU) was entrenched in yet another series of issues that would seem to indicate just how tenuous the region’s alliance might be. 

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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. –Albert Einstein

Well, that was something of a relief. At least to the Bulls.

With last Friday morning looking a lot like the rest of the week up to that point, it seemed like Wall Street would end up with a five-day losing streak. 

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

Wall Street inarguably had what turned out to be a rather rough week, experiencing two days of a sharp, post-election sell-off that surely put the Bulls on high alert.

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“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” -- Dalai Lama

After being bombarded with what feels like a million years of presidential campaign news and advertisements, this coming week will finally bring closure to the identity of the next U.S. President.

That is barring, of course, any new variations on the old “hanging chad” parlor game.

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"The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.”—Sun Tzu

Don’t look now, but the Dow could easily end the year about where it started. All it will take is another few rounds of weaker-than-expected earnings reports to seal the deal, accompanied by a resultant move downward of about 7% for the Blue-Chip index.

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“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” -- Douglas Adams

Last Friday’s sharp sell-off could easily be viewed as a result of the lack of commitment investors currently hold towards the equity market. The bad news is that sentiment might be amplified in the coming week if several factors play out towards the negative side of things.

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“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” -- Leonardo da Vinci

Wall Street may be about to reverse the uptrend that it has been riding for the last four months, as a combination of technical signals and earnings reports hold the potential to knock the equity market down a few notches.

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