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The market gave up some of its impressive gains today, but October was still a huge month for the bulls, with the S&P 500 finishing the month with a gain of almost 11%.
The sell-off began overseas as the elation over the agreements reached last week at the EU Summit wore off. Some of the bourses saw losses of more than 3% on the day.
And the dollar soared in response as the I fund realized a loss of 5.19% by the close.
Stocks were mixed on Friday after the 500-point rally on Wednesday and Thursday. The Dow gained 23-points and the S&P was up fractionally, but the Nasdaq, Transportation Index, and small caps all closed lower.
For the TSP, the C-fund was up 0.04% on Friday, the S-fund lost 0.22%, the I-fund fell 0.68%, and the F-fund (bonds) gained 0.44%.
It's been several weeks since the Top 50 had a shift in stock allocation exceeding 10%, but this week there's movement at the top. Here's the charts:
The Top 50 increased their collective stock exposure by a healthy 17.82% going into the new trading week. Total stock allocation now sits at 34.06%. That's still not exactly bullish, but not nearly as bearish as it was last week. What I find interesting
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The bailouts confirm our recent rally
This is becoming redundant, but it was another wild week on Wall Street. We saw an average daily move of 167-points in the Dow with 4 of the 5 days being up or down triple digits.
The big story of course was the announcement of the bailout in Europe. Whether this is a real fix or not, it does buy some time and it will allow us to focus more on the economic developments in the U.S., which has actually