NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The third time was the charm for the S&P 500 index. After three tries over the past month, the S&P finally closed at a new all-time high of 1885.52, up 13.18 points. It eclipsed the old high of 1878.
The DJIA closed at 16532.61, up 74.95, and the Nasdaq closed up 69.05 points at 4268.04. The Russell 2000 was up 15.66 points at 1188.70.
This was a well-deserved new high for the bulls. They have been pushing this market since last Thursday, when the S&P 500 held its daily buy trade level of 1842. It has been a straight up, 43-point move in three trading days. Very impressive indeed.
The short hedge funds that pressed their shorts at the S&P low last Thursday are now in the process of covering those shorts. That has added fuel to this market. They are notorious for selling low and covering high, as I have said on more than one occasion.
The one negative has been the volume, or lack thereof, on this move higher. Tuesday was no different. This was the third day in a row with the volume being less than the previous day. That is not a very encouraging sign, but I will not dwell on it too much. This "low volume" theme has been normal in 2014 on up days.
But make no mistake about it, this market is a bull market and the top calling has been futile. Volatility has been common place and "Buy the dips, sell the rips" has been a common theme.