NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) are higher by more than 1%, while the Nasdaq ETF (QQQ) is up roughly 0.8% in Monday's trading.

TheStreet's Debra Borchardt talked to Jon Corpina of Meridian Equity Partners about the market, and he said that after a rocky January filled with volatility things finally seems to be settling down.

He added that after a sharp rally over the past two weeks, the market has failed to significantly pull back, meaning upside momentum is still present. The recently mixed economic data can also be considered a positive catalyst for investors, Corpina said, because of the possible effect on the Federal Reserve's tapering plan. 

Also, decent M&A activity and strong earnings reports from select technology companies have kept investor sentiment high. 

He concluded that investors who have been waiting on the sidelines are finally starting to feel comfortable putting money to work in the stock market.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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