Total Returns %

1 Week

YTD

Dow Jones Industrial Average

+1.50%

+6.01%

NASDAQ Composite

+1.45%

+5.90%

S&P 500 Index

+1.39%

+5.69%

Russell 2000

+2.75%

+4.91%

U.S. Aggregate Bond Index

+0.04%

-1.37%

MSCI All Country World

+0.48%

+3.48%

Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 2-11-11

Global markets held up well this past week in the face of the whirlwind in Egypt, and continued inflationary pressures in China and other emerging markets.  In the past 18 months, China’s market has foretold the direction of the US market.  It was not long ago that a rate rise in China, or something similar, would drop the US market.  Over the past few weeks, the Chinese market has continued its downward trend, while the US markets continue moving up.  If recent history is a guide, then China is a canary in the coal mine that we may want to pay attention to.  There are those that think that the US is decoupling from the recent connection to the Chinese markets as the Chinese are further along the economic cycle and fighting inflation.  At the same time, the US is further behind in the cycle and not dealing with inflationary pressures (yet).  Actually, the US is causing the global inflationary pressures in the emerging markets.  So, let’s give the decoupling idea some credence and look at other factors in the market.  

The VIX volatility index is extremely low considering the state of the global economy, 80% of the NYSE stocks are trading on bull signals, and the volume behind the US stock market is very light.  All three of the previous indicators are very negative technical signals.  

To say this rally is long in the tooth is an understatement.  This would not be the first time that the market rallied to overshoot into overbought territory.  New investments at this point must be carefully vetted as the gain potential is smaller than the loss potential.

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