It's Mark-Up Season Again

Now that we have an in-line GDP, fund managers will to try to make their numbers by month's end.
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An in-line GDP number does nothing except make it mark-up time. That's right.

You think

Buzz and Batch are going to let this month sink their ship? Guys like B&B will move their stocks up between now and the end of the month as shamelessly as they know how. They are helped by seasonality (this is a benign-to-positive period) and by thin holiday trading.

In the meantime, the slow numbers keep coming in. May was a bad month for the autos, we are now learning. We are seeing signs of a slowdown in housing prices (see

USA Today's

Money section). In other words, we are fine. Seems OK to let them run a bit, that's our judgment.

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