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Momentum Stocks Gain as Threat of Violence in Ukraine Recedes


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Global markets followed Russian assets higher as tension in the former Soviet Union calmed on Tuesday.

In his first news conference since tension began to rise, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that force was not needed in Crimea yet and would be used only as a last resort. The comments eased market fear, leading to a rebound in Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) and iShares JPMorgan USD Emer Mkt Bnd (EMB) after a panic selloff on Monday.

The reversal in U.S. equities signals that investors arn't ready to give up on bidding the market higher, even as indices trade at record levels.

Momentum stocks Apple Inc (AAPL), Tesla Motors. (TSLA) and  (AMZN)  all closed higher on the day, having built strong consolidation patterns over the past few weeks.

Tesla has led the momentum stock group higher as investor excitement surged after the company's conference call last week revealed a promising future. The electric-car maker forecasted a more than 55% improvement in global sales in 2014 and unveiled plans to build a $5 billion factory in the U.S. that will allow the company to create more cars at less expense. The strong fundamentals continue to drive the company higher alongside its momentum peers.

Apple and Amazon have both lagged the broader market the past month, but they recently developed a bottoming pattern as their lower valuations attracted investors.

Investors had sold off both stocks as questions arose over the companies' revenue growth and profit expectations for this year, but the appeal of both companies' tremendous stock performance over the past few years led funds back into each.

Momentum stocks continue to lead equities higher, even at astronomical valuations. If all three companies can break out to the upside in the next few weeks, SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) and PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) could reach record highs.

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