As the retail investor keeps getting spooked out of investing in
stocks (judging by recent equity outflow numbers), we get big up
days like today to remind us that sitting in cash can be quite
painful for any extended periods of time. Of course, that's
assuming you focus only on quality stocks for your investment
Despite some rather cautious comments about guidance, Texas
) gained nicely on the day. We also had positive Wall Street
analyst calls moving stocks like The Gap (
) and Occidental Petroleum (
) higher. As for other well-known brands seeing upward traction on
today's spike, the list includes 3M (
), Goldman Sachs (
), and Accenture (
), just to name a few. If you are looking for the main reason for
today's pop, it isn't in the headlines yet, but there may have well
been some whispers of progress regarding fiscal cliff chatter. I'm
not sure what else would be moving the indices as strongly for the
moment. One notable loser on the session was Family Dollar Stores (
), down in conjunction with rival Dollar General's (
) cautious earnings outlook.
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