Stocks Rush to Dow 10,000

It would be easier if this rally were occurring after companies reported. But there are good signs.
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Broken field running today. That's right, that's what it feels like for the bulls. They are past the secondary, nobody back and they are galloping to the end zone.

Does that mean I have to raise my price target?

For months now, I have been predicting that the

Dow

would hit

10,000 by year-end. At this pace, though, it could hit 10,000 by Thursday!

It sure would be easier if this rally were occurring

after

companies reported. But I am heartened by several important tells:

1.

Halliburton

(HAL) - Get Report

blew up last week and it is

almost unchanged. That's incredible. If the downside is that tiny, how can you not want to buy ahead of earnings?

2.

Motorola

(MOT)

took the offense by

moving up its call. Surprising action, but that's the type of thing that occurs when you are feeling much more bullish about your prospects than in past quarters.

3.

Computer Associates

(CA) - Get Report

was

tarred and feathered big-time last week. But here it is, bouncing right back. Wouldn't surprise me if the stock was back to where it was last week because "worries" over accounting have returned to being the way things used to be: "Who cares?" That's incredible in itself.

4. A positive article about an old-line company,

Honeywell

(HON) - Get Report

, moves up the stock huge. These positive

Barron's

articles now are starting to create true interest in stocks.

5.

3M

(MMM) - Get Report

,

Caterpillar

(CAT) - Get Report

and

United Technologies

, my three most important cyclical bellwethers, just don't quit.

6.

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

reports a disappointing quarter and doesn't even slip back to $28. A year ago it would have been at $25 on that type of quarter.

These all are signs that we could take out Dow 10,000 rather shortly, even as I fret about the

oscillator's flashing of an overbought tape.

Or, to put it another way, the hedge funds that are "neutral," or were boasting at the beginning of the year that they weren't levered to the market, now are trying to explain to their investors why they aren't keeping pace with the tape.

The explanations aren't washing. The hedge funds all are hearing the same thing: "You have two and a half months to catch up. So go do it."

At the time of publication, Cramer was long Honeywell. General Electric owns CNBC, for which Cramer is a featured commentator.

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