Anytime I see things like the S&P 500 power forward
strongly up to 1700, only to experience selling-off "turbulence"
that's not exactly anticipated but nonetheless quite real, I
think of Chuck Yeager from "The Right Stuff," trying to fly that
crazy plane into outer space -- at first everything's cool, but
as soon as he starts seeing stars, the plane's engine starts to
falter. Not that anything in the market is expected to come
crashing down to earth these days, but the point is this market
turbulence requires cool heads in times of crisis.
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And there's really not all that much to have a crisis about --
investors are finally seeing value in the Eurozone following the
economic earthquakes in the region over the past couple years,
China's trade numbers are looking more stable, and best of all:
Initial Jobless Claims are continuing to come down. Yes, this
morning's 333K is about 5000 claims more than last week, but our
4-week moving average is now solidly below 350K, which is at
least a psychological threshold to have gotten past in order to
see economic improvement.
So the market lately has clearly been trying to price in the end
of the Fed's Tapering program (where they stop buying back $85
billion a month in asset purchases to keep interest rates down
and liquidity in the economy), which many have marked on their
calendars for next month. But our memories aren't so short that
we can't recall the Sequester and the Payroll Tax increase, and
the market managed to navigate through those potholes pretty
well, all told. Therefore, how much are we really fearing
Tapering, when the economic recovery, while not exactly robust,
has proven it can power through such obstacles?
Just look at
) earnings blowout this morning -- here's a company that has
aggressively filled a void in the market and is now revving past
its competition. And this after the stock having blasted off a
few months ago to 400% gains from this time last year. It's an
excellent example of opportunities existing in the very near
future that companies with the vision and means can capitalize
on, and Tesla looks to be one of the first to have arrived there.
And the market approves, clearly.
So, likely, does the 90-year-old Chuck Yeager. There's nothing
like a barrier-breaking American to help our beliefs and