This column was originally published on RealMoney on July 19 at 10:28 a.m. EDT. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.No question about it, this is one tough market. I don't know about you, but I've been
- If no cease-fire materializes, will stocks continue to be sold as folks eschew uncertainty in favor of safety?
- If ground troops are sent into Lebanon, will the market fall in reaction to this escalation or will it be bought in anticipation of the defeat of Hezbollah?
- If some type of cease-fire agreement is reached, will the crowd buy aggressively, or just yawn at the realization that a cease-fire is not synonymous with peace?
- If Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is dovish in his testimony on the hill, will stocks rally on the signal that the FOMC is likely to pause or will they fall further because Uncle Ben is signaling that the economy is weaker than previously thought?
- Was that Hezbollah spokesman serious about having 2,000 volunteers to attack "U.S. interests"?
- Where is that bull market that Jim Cramer says is always out there? I like the way some of the tobacco stocks are acting. Maybe I'll go long the "socially irresponsible" group. Come to think of it, I believe I'll feature these stocks in Thursday's column.
- I still
like the REITs. Maybe I should stick with smokes and real estate ( ex-homebuilders, a group that is still in search of a bottom).
- Will resolution of the conflict wreck the oil company stocks, which are already weakening but still have pretty good relative strength?
- Maybe the current bull market is in cash. After all, the dollar is back up above 87 against a basket of currencies for the first time in a few months.
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