Top Gun FP Client Note: Bipolar Market

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Originally sent to clients July 28.

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The market is crazier than a rat in a coffee can.

– Jeff Macke
In the month since my last Client Note, the market appears to have lost its mind.  The news flow is the same – European sovereign debt crisis, US debt ceiling and earnings – but the reaction lurches to opposite extremes on a day to day basis.  Since the beginning of May, the Dow has had 19 100-point days out of 62 total – 10 down and 9 up.
 
Reaction to 2nd quarter earnings has been similarly bipolar.  Some stocks have surged post-earnings while others have been hammered.  The market loved earnings from Google, Apple and Amazon, pushing shares up an average of 8.00% in the days since.  But it hated earnings from Caterpillar, UPS and 3M, punishing shares an average of 8.41% since their reports.
 
To orient ourselves amid all this volatility, note that the S&P is right in the middle of its 2011 trading range.  Technically, a sustained break above 1370 would signal the next leg up in the bull market.  A break below 1250, on the other hand, would signal the beginning of a bear market.  Until one or the other happens, we’re stuck in the middle.

NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST WITH TOP GUN: If you have been thinking about investing with Top Gun, now is a good time to give me a call or send me an e-mail.
 
Greg Feirman
Founder & CEO
Top Gun Financial (www.topgunfp.com)
A Registered Investment Advisor
9700 Village Center Dr. #50H
Granite Bay CA 95746
(916) 224-0113
 
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