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  1. Sentiment Survey Results: 10/17 - 10/21/11

    TSPTalk Sentiment Survey results for the week of 10/17/11- 10/21/11

    Hold: The TSP Talk Sentiment Survey came in at 42% bulls, 46% bears, for a bulls to bears ratio of 0.91 to 1. That is a neutral reading in a bear market which means the system will remain 100% G Fund for the week of 10/17/11 - 10/21/11.

    Bear market rules are in affect 8/22/11:

    See latest survey results

    To discuss or comment on the Sentiment Survey, go to Sentiment Survey Talk ...
  2. Banks and Financials Book Losses

    Once again, technology led stocks, but it was a mixed day among the major averages overall as the DOW fell 0.35%, the S&P was down 0.3% and the Nasdaq was up 0.6%. Banks and financial services saw significant selling pressure and where the main reason some of the averages couldn't stay in positive territory.

    Among the headlines regarding banks today are these articles:

    Fitch Downgrades UBS, Puts BofA, Others on Watch

    BofA, Morgan and Goldman on Negative Credit Watch ...
  3. History says this is bullish, but...


    Stocks rallied strongly for most of the day yesterday but some late selling took about half the early gains away by the close. Despite the reversal, it was yet another triple digit gain for the Dow as it close up 103-points.

    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 0.99% yesterday, the S-fund was up 1.41%, the I-fund jumped 1.80%, and the F-fund (bonds) lost 0.17%.
  4. It's Official

    Does anyone remember that last sell off? You know, the one where the market was poised to fall off a cliff? Yeah, that one. How long ago was that again? Seven trading days!

    And in just seven trading days the S&P 500 is up about 13.5% from its intra-day low on the 4th of October to its intra-day high today.


    But let's put this in perspective. If one had bought this market on Oct. 4th when the S&P 500 had bottomed out around ...
  5. Flat, mixed and extended


    After Monday's huge holiday rally on low volume, we saw a rather flat day yesterday as the Dow lost 17-points, and again volume was very light. The S&P was basically flat and the Nasdaq closed higher.

    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 3.47% on Monday and Tuesday combined, while the S-fund was up 4.13%, the I-fund added 3.41%, and the F-fund (bonds) lost
S&P 500 (C fund)
Dow Completion (S fund)
EFA (I fund)
Bonds (F fund)