Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How Now, Dow? New All-Time Highs on DJIA, SPX

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) added 120.74 points, or 0.7%, to close at 18,347.67, making a fresh closing all-time high, surpassing the previous closing high when it finished at 18,312.39 on May 19, 2015. The blue-chip gauge briefly hit an intra-day top at 18,371.95.

Additionally, the S&P tacked on nearly 15 points, setting another record closing high.

Continued strength in the markets may be a sow's ear, however, since the Fed might choose to tap on the brakes with a rate hike if such outlandish behavior continues. On the other hand, since the Fed is a major buyer of equities these days, the FOMC may just back away from the rate hike mania and allow markets to simply go where they will with super low interest rates backstopped by a shaky core economy and a presidential election.

There has been no sense in fighting the Fed, since they have unlimited power to print as much as they like, though the natural questions have to be "where will it end, when does it end, how does it end?"

Nobody has the answers, and nearly the same amount is asking. There's too much money sloshing around for anybody to take a step back and take a critical view of fundamental valuations, which are becoming expensive.

Signals have been shown by the markets, but, as has happened throughout history, the signals are being ignored as long as the champagne and money are flowing.

S&P 500: 2,152.14, +14.98 (0.70%)
Dow: 18,347.67, +120.74 (0.66%)
NASDAQ: 5,022.82, +34.18 (0.69%)

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