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The light volume rally continues even with unremarkable headlines. Jobless Claims data was unchanged and housing data via the FHFA House Price Index was just okay. After all the prior house price reading was revised lower from 1% to .7% making today's reading unchanged at .7%. Both were enough to energize bulls. Perhaps a more important story was that Apple (AAPL) may declare a dividend at the behest of its largest shareholders.

Meanwhile in Europe, the European Commission stated both Spain (-.3%) and Italy (1%) showed economic contraction. That's not good but bulls must think this is just old news.

Earnings news from Sears Holdings (SHLD) rallied 19% on spin-off news; Kohl's (KSS) reported lower earnings and guidance than expected and the stock was down by nearly 6%; popular Safeway Stores (SWY) also disappointed with the stock dropping nearly 8%; Target (TGT) reported results that pleased rallying the stock nearly 3% which, taken together, makes a mess of the retail sector (XRT) overall. American International Group (AIG), the bailed-out king, reported earnings that widely beat estimates ($.82 vs $63) and the stock rallied over 5% in late trading.

Getting the "shrug" treatment from investors was a continuation of higher crude oil prices despite a large increase in inventories. Oil (USO, USL) was higher by nearly $2.00 which will continue to drive gas prices (UGA) higher. Gold (GLD) was once again higher given a weaker dollar and the bullish green light from global central banks. Bond prices were rather flat.

Volume was remains light overall within this ongoing melt-up but they won't put this data on your brokerage statement. Breadth per the WSJ was positive.

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IWM - The iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the small capitalization sector of the U.S. equity market as represented by the Russell 2000 Index. The index represents the approximately 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index.

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XLK - The Technology Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Technology Select Sector Index (ticker: IXT). Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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XRT - The SPDR® S&P® Retail ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before expenses, the total return performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry® Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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KBE - The SPDR® KBW Bank ETF, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the KBW Bank Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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GLD - The objective of the SPDR® Gold Trust¿ is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of gold bullion, less the Trust's expenses.

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GDX - The Gold Miners ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the NYSE

Arca

Gold Miners Index. The Index provides exposure to publicly traded companies worldwide involved primarily in the mining for gold, representing a diversified blend of small-, mid- and large- capitalization stocks. As such, the Fund is subject to the risks of investing in this sector.

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PPLT - ETFS Physical Platinum (PPLT) is designed to offer investors a simple, cost-efficient and secure way to access the precious metals market. PPLT is intended to provide investors with a return equivalent to movements in the platinum spot price less fees.

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USO - The United States Oil Fund, LP ("USO") is a domestic exchange traded security designed to track the movements of light, sweet crude oil ("West Texas Intermediate").

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USL - The United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP ("USL") is an exchange traded security that is designed to track the movements of West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude oil (WTI)

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IXC - The iShares S&P Global Energy Sector Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of companies that Standard & Poor's deems part of the energy sector of the economy and important to global markets, as represented by the S&P Global Energy Sector Index. The index is a subset of the Standard & Poor's Global 1200 Index.

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EWI - The iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Italian market, as measured by the MSCI Italy Index.

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MSCI Brazil Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Brazilian market, as measured by the MSCI Brazil Index.

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RSX - The Russia ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the

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India Earnings Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the

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The

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is a long-term version of the McClellan Oscillator. It is a market breadth indicator, and interpretation is similar to that of the McClellan Oscillator, except that it is more suited to major trends. I believe readings of +1000/-1000 reveal markets as much extended.

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Consumer Sentiment and New Home Sales will be in focus on Friday. Earnings reports will taper-off with J.C. Penney and Newmont Mining featured. Thus far we've seen most of the earnings news from the S&P 500 but there still are a couple of weeks of reports to come.

Let's see what happens.

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