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In general, we've been increasing our stock positions for the past 4 weeks. On 23 October the Top 50 had a paltry 16.24% stock exposure. Three weeks later (last week) they hit a total stock allocation of 44.72%. This week they backed off a bit and now have a 43.72% stock exposure going into tomorrow's (Monday) trading session.
The Herd (Total Tracker) has also been increasing their stock position during the same time frame. On 23 October
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Stocks lost more ground last week as European debt concerns remained in the headlines,with Spain joining the 7% 10 year bond yield club – an area that has meant bailouts for other European countries.
Italy, Spain and Greece will continue to be the news to watch, but of course we have a Super Committee in the headlines here in the U.S. and they have a very big deadline coming up this week.
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It was Options Expiration day today and the market managed to stem the recent selling pressure by chopping above and below the neutral throughout the trading session. It ultimately closed mixed with the Nasdaq posting a loss of 0.6%, the DOW a 0.22% gain and the S&P 500 down a modest 0.04%.
There was one report released today and that was Leading Indicators.
The report showed that economic data is showing fairly strong signs
Stocks sold-off again yesterday as Spain's 10-year bond yield is now flirting with joining the 7% club. The Dow did close nearly 100-points off of the low, but was still down 135-points on the day.
For the TSP, the C-fund lost 1.68% yesterday, the S-fund fell 1.71%, the I-fund dropped 0.96%, and the F-fund