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Stocks lost ground yesterday, although the losses weren't created equally. The Dow dropped 89-points, the S&P 500 saw smaller losses, and the Russell 2000 was flat.
Stocks were mostly lower yesterday but they did close near their highs of the day as the Dow, down over 100-points in early trading, closed down "just" 42. The Nasdaq and small saps closed in positive territory.
Stocks rallied nicely on Friday, capping off a big Thanksgiving week where the major indices saw gains close to 4%. The Dow gained 173-points on Friday, but volume was very light, and the bulls will have to prove it was more than holiday action.
The charts for both the Top 50 and the Total Tracker showed stock allocations fall by more than 10% during the market's rally last week. Both groups are now under the 50% mark in total allocations too. Here's the charts:
We can see the drop in stock allocations for two weeks now, with a corresponding rise in bond and cash allocations.
Holiday weeks tend to have a positive bias, but what we saw last week was not typical. We saw big gains with nearly 4% returns in each of the TSP stock funds. The question now of course is, what will a post-holiday market look like?
Here are the TSP fund returns for the week of November 19 through November 23: