Wednesday, January 15, 2014

S&P Close at All-Time High; January Barometer and 2014 Now a 'Go'

Apologies are in order for the excitement generated by Monday's selloff. We have been fooled again.

By .02 cents, the S&P set a record high close; the NASDAQ is at 13 1/2 year highs and the Dow is closing in on all-time highs, again, something it did no fewer than 50 times in 2013.

The markets will not relent in their ever-higher pursuit until the Fed substantially reduces its QE regimen.

That's all one needs to know, for now, and until it's too late. Investors will likely be afforded plenty of time to "get out of Dodge" when the trend reverses. Until then, buy the dips, buy the all-time highs, buy, buy, buy stocks and look for Treasuries to head lower, with support for the 10-year note in the 2.63% area. Give it a few weeks time, like after the non-event which will be the raising of the US debt ceiling to close to $20 trillion in early February.

JC Penny (JCP) announced after the bell that it will close 33 stores and eliminate 2000 jobs as part of their strategic initiative. Good strategy, downsizing. Five of the stores are located in Wisconsin and three are in Pennsylvania. There should be some pretty good sales soon at these store closing locations, but, consumers are advised to pay cash, a la Target. What's not to like?

DOW 16,481.94, +108.08 (+0.66%)
NASDAQ 4,214.88, +31.87 (+0.76%)
S&P 1,848.38, +9.50 (+0.52%)
10-Yr Note 98.74, +0.44 (+0.45%) Yield: 2.90%
NASDAQ Volume 1.96 Bil
NYSE Volume 3.71 Bil
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3687-1953
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 490-31
WTI crude oil: 94.17, +1.58
Gold: 1,238.30, -7.10
Silver: 20.13, -0.148
Corn: 425.75, -5.75

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