Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The bears had a good opportunity to build on Friday's weak action by selling the gap-up open, but they failed miserably once again. There was a brief dip in the first hour or so of trading, but the buyers didn't wait long, and they walked us back up the rest of the day.

Not only was the underlying support very impressive, breadth was quite strong, with 4,200 gainers to just 1,400 decliners. Volume was light, but the big-cap momentum favorites were lively, with PCLN, ISRG, AAPL, GOOG, AMZN and BIDU attracting attention. Small-cap oils were the favorite speculative play today, but there was no shortage of green on the screens.

It is extremely tempting to keep trying to call a top in this market, but by now it should be painfully clear that sticking with the trend as long as you can is the way to go.