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1 Week


Dow Jones Industrial Average



NASDAQ Composite



S&P 500 Index



Russell 2000



U.S. Aggregate Bond Index



MSCI All Country World



Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 1-21-11

Global markets softened up a bit this week on news of further inflation concerns in China.  In addition to the news out of China, while quite a few US companies reported good earnings, large financial companies like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America had disappointing results.  

Many of the technical indicators I track to get a sense of the breadth of the market are starting to look quite weak.  This comes as no surprise as this market has run pretty far, and the steam looks to be running out for now.  A reasonable pullback here (5-10%) could set the market up for further gains through summer.  If the market should stretch much further, I fear that when a drop comes, it could be deep (10% +). While a market correction is no fun to experience, it’s a necessary evil, and provides for good buying opportunities as well.

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