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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013 Feb 10, 2013 - 11:34 AM GMT

By: PhilStockWorld

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Doug Short writes: The S&P 500 charged from the opening gate, after having had an hour to consider the good news in today’s better than expected December Trade Balance report. The December improvement will likely lead to an upward revision to Q4 GDP in the Second Estimate. The index hit its intraday high about an hour after the open and then zigzagged in a narrow range to a closing gain of 0.57%, not far off the intraday high. Today’s performance salvaged the week, which logged a gain of 0.31% from last Friday, setting a new interim high.


Is the 1500 level now history? Today’s volume was rather scant, about 15% below the 50-day moving average. Is that a sign of slender conviction? Or was it traders’ distraction over the approaching winter storm Nemo? Here is a 15-minute view of the week.

Here is a two-hour chart since December 31st.

The S&P 500 is now up 6.43% for 2013. From a longer-term perspective, the index is 124.4% above the March 2009 closing low and 3.0% below the nominal all-time high of October 2007.


For a better sense of how these declines figure into a larger historical context, here’s a long-term view of secular bull and bear markets in the S&P Composite since 1871.

- Phil

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