There are many underlying trends that can certainly help keep our current stock market rally continuing over time. Pullbacks are definitely looking better than they have in a while as far as providing great entry points for investors.
Be sure to check out today's video Tom and I did in which we identified several positive market signals that have us licking our chops. One is the amount of money that continues to come out of stock finds, almost $31 billion through November. Where is the money going? Bond funds, to the tune of nearly $268 billion, according to Investment Company Institute ( ICI ). This is the second year in a row we have seen this trend, but yet the market is remaining resilient. That has us feeling good. Be sure to see the other amazing data points in the video. People have become increasingly disenchanted with Wall Street, but as I have said in the past, if you can stick to a good selling discipline, you will avoid any blow-ups in your portfolio, while allowing your nest egg to build.
We also added two names to our recommended list this morning. Be sure to check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out to Premium subscribers earlier.
As we look at today's action, Mastercard ( MA ) rallied early on as we heard reports of jammed shopping malls, so consumer confidence is continuing to take shape. We like the idea of saving, but we know the frugal consumer tendencies can only last so long. Americans will always come back to spending at some point. The message I want to send is to not spend it all, but put some into investing (high quality dividend stocks of course) as well as an emergency fund that you can tap when you need it. Sitting in cash over a long period of time has never shown to be a good strategy historically. On the negative side today, a "sell" call from Goldman Sachs ( GS ) pushed shares of Hewlett Packard ( HPQ ) lower. Late selling also took down shares of fertilizer plays CF Industries ( CF ) and Potash ( POT ). Commodity giant Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) continued to move up as copper prices reached over $4.20 per pound.
I hope everyone had a chance to check out our Dividend.com Premium members-only weekend articles - we've added three new features and will be highlighting some of the biggest winners and losers from the week that was, in regards to analyst upgrades, downgrades, as well as earnings/story stocks.
As always, check out our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks List for the top dividend names to put money into right now.
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