Stocks are in the midst of one of the greatest multi-year
rallies in the last 75 years.
But 2013 has been the icing on the cake. The S&P 500 is up
16.6% year to date. The Russell 2000, which is the small caps, is
This rally has lifted all boats. Big winners can be found in
every sector. You didn't have to pick the "right" industry to
For instance, small cap trucking company
), which operates 147 terminals in 34 states, has seen its stock
double in 2013 after five years of not doing much at all.
You know it's the mother of all rallies when even the airlines
stocks (the airlines!) are up big. Shares of
Alaska Air Group
), for example, are up 50% this year.
In some of the hotter, "glamour" stocks, the returns have been
equally as large. Shares of
), a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), have jumped 67% this year after
four years of not doing all that much.
Some investors are starting to question this rally based on
5-year charts like that of Lumber Liquidators and Saia, where the
stock has really shot up in the past few months after years of
"normal" gains. How much longer can this rally go on?
Many investors put stops in place to cash in their gains. Some
sell when they have a 20% or 25% winner. But if you did that in
this rally, you would have sold a long time ago and missed out on
some massive stock moves.
The S&P 500 has hit new highs 9 out of the last 10
sessions but nothing goes up forever.
With many investors sitting on huge gains, the question many
are now asking is:
When do you sell?
Or do you?
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