Bears won't give up this easily. They have to make a little more trouble for the bulls. That said, what a pleasure that they didn't "fade the opening," which has been the pattern.

When you fade the opening, or open it high and then knock it down, you take out a lot of buying power. You also get rid of the optimism necessary to mount a real rally.

This kind of opening is much better for the bulls. We put money to work on the brief downturn. Now, we await a bear showdown that we think will be won by the bulls.


Random musings:

Keep in mind that everything I wrote above can be in the context of

Helene Meisler's

spot on

piece this morning.

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