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This and that about the market, the TSP, maybe some politics, and life.
It was another positive day for stocks on Friday, despite Standard and Poor's downgrade of Spain's credit rating. The Dow did finish off of the highs, but held onto a 24-point gain.
For the TSP, the C-fund gained 0.24% on Friday, the S-fund was up 0.63%, the I-fund made 0.60%, and the F-fund (bonds) gained 0.08%.
Updated 04-30-2012 at 10:12 AM by tsptalk
(seasonality chart added, H&S corrected)
The stock market got off to a slow start last week, but by Wednesday morning, after Apple had reported its strong earnings, the indices caught fire closing in positive territory for the second week in a row after the early April pullback.
It was all green for the TSP funds for the 2nd week in a row. The C-fund gained 1.83% last week, the S-fund was up 2.34%, the I-fund made 0.92%,
Stocks rallied again yesterday after more decent earnings reports, and despite more concerns from the jobs market. The Dow gained 114-points and the gains were spread out through most of the major indices, except for the Transportation Index which was actually down 1.1% on the day.
For the TSP, the C-fund gained 0.67% yesterday, the S-fund was up
TSP Talk Sentiment Survey results for the week of 4/30/12- 5/0412
Hold: The TSP Talk Sentiment Survey came in at 52% bulls, 36% bears, for a bulls to bears ratio of 1.44 to 1. That is a neutral reading in a bull market which means the system will remain 100% S fund for the week of 4/30/12 -5/04/12.
Bull market rules have been in affect since the week of 1/09/12:
See latest survey results
To discuss or comment on the Sentiment Survey,
Despite some weak economic data, Apple's earnings seemed to be enough to give stocks a boost yesterday as it helped the Nasdaq to a gain of 2.3%, while the S&P added 1.4%. Apple is not in the Dow and it gained 89-points or "just" 0.07%.
For the TSP, the C-fund gained 1.38% yesterday, the S-fund was up 1.77%, the I-fund
Updated 04-26-2012 at 10:20 AM by tsptalk
(share prices corrected)