Well, I'm sure if you took a poll Thursday morning and asked what sort of day lay ahead, the overwhelming answer would have been "flat." I know I surely would have said that. With the Intel ( INTC) report and this morning's employment number looming, we would typically see a quiet day, so that rally really was surprising.But as surprising as yesterday's move was -- in terms of how much the averages moved prior to these big announcements -- what was more interesting was how that Russell 2000 buy program mistake from a few days ago has managed to skew the statistics on the Nasdaq. I mentioned this yesterday as a possibility, and now it seems to be a reality. That surge in the number of stocks making new highs during Wednesday's action might just prove to be a peak reading. The Nasdaq saw 105 stocks make new 52-week highs on Wednesday when the market was essentially flat all day. Then yesterday, when the market was up, up and away all day, the number of new highs was a mere 54.