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It's Not All Bad


At 12:10 p.m. EDT


This market sure has a lot going against it these days. I don't want to be too much of a drag, but let's review a few of the more recent downers.

We'll start with the big rally in the past two months. Great rebound. Still, we have to wonder how much longer

that can go

. As of last Friday, the


was up some 30% since March 9.

Then we have more

stock offerings

every day. Anybody not doing a secondary?

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Economic data, generally speaking, haven't been much to cheer about, even if they're of the less-bad variety. The latest included word that

jobless claims

were up again, staying well above 600,000.

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Plus, we hear that Washington is looking at

greater control on bank pay

, and not just for aid recipients. Wall Street doesn't care much for that. Not sure any of us should want to go

too far in that direction


If that's not enough, we have talk that Uncle Sam might lose that long-held and highly coveted

triple-A rating

. Say it ain't so.


Paul Krugman

, the Nobel Prize winner for economics, is continuing his rain-on-the parade tour. From


: "The world as a whole looks quite a lot like Japan during its lost decade. I am very optimistic about the world in, let's say, 2030; it's the next ten years or so that have me worried."

Seriously? 2030? Fine, let's just throw in the towel on the next 10 years. Or so.

The things I've mentioned here are only a handful of the bad that remains out there. Plenty ails this economy, no doubt about it. So it was hardly a surprise when futures were indicating ahead of the open this morning that

Wednesday's selloff

would continue.

Imagine my surprise when the market opened up. Still there, too. Not a lot, mind you, but it counts. Recently, the Dow was tacking on about 60 points to 8346.

Only eight of the 30 stocks were lower, though admittedly they were some of the key components considering the price-weighted nature of the DJIA.


(IBM) - Get International Business Machines Corporation Report

was losing 1.4% to $100.80. Both oil stocks,

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Exxon Mobil Corporation Report



(CVX) - Get Chevron Corporation Report

, were falling.


(WMT) - Get Walmart Inc. Report

was down 2.3% following its

quarterly results

and outlook. The worst stock on a percentage basis was


(GM) - Get General Motors Company Report

, off 3.3% at $1.17. That's only 4 cents, but it had to be pointed out.

The good news is the banks were up, paced by


(C) - Get Citigroup Inc. Report

3.8% gain to $3.54. Outside of Big Blue, the rest of the techs were rising, led by


(INTC) - Get Intel Corporation Report

2.7% advance.

Equities were in a free-fall for so long, culminating in that 12-year low earlier this year, that it looked like better days would never return. Now it seems at least a few folks are afraid if they stay out of this market for too long, they're running the risk of missing the upside, even with all the negatives.

If history repeats itself, the day will come when those negatives are outnumbered by the positives. Don't know when. For now though, considering where we were, I'll take a little gain anytime I can get it.