Friday, February 22, 2013

Market Message: Buy the Dip

Lemmings that they are, the traders and their algo-infested computer programs did what all good followers do, they followed the lead set down by the futures market prior to the open and bought stocks all day long, erasing a good portion - more than half - of the losses incurred over the past two sessions.

It being Friday and options expiration, all the boys and girls will be out having champagne and lobster in lower Manhattan tonight.

Today's results do not imply that all's right with the market, though an amazing disparity can be seen on days in which program trading is the norm as opposed to humans actually taking a hand in making bets, as was the case on Wednesday.

The fears inspired by the release of January's minutes were quickly dispelled this morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, as Fed governor James Bullard plainly stated that the Fed was not going to change policy any time soon, as though anyone in their right mind would have believed otherwise.

So, Wall Street is saved and Main Street will continue to muddle through, making the best of customers with SNAP cards and the proceeds from trips to the Coinstar machines.

Silver and gold closed out the week still at bargain-basement prices.

Dow 14,000.57, +119.95 (0.86%)
NASDAQ 3,161.82, +30.33 (0.97%)
S&P 500 1,515.60, +13.18 (0.88%)
NYSE Composite 8,887.40, +77.11 (0.88%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,540,804,625
NYSE Volume 3,463,590,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4713-1718
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 191-42
WTI crude oil: 93.00, +0.16
Gold: 1,572.80, -5.80
Silver: 28.46, -0.239

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