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S&P 3,750... "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" Or Oncoming Train?

• Zero Hedge - Tyler Durden

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

Mentally, it has been a challenge to marry a market challenging all-time highs against a backdrop of weaker earnings, falling profits, surging unemployment, and a recessionary economy. Yet, here we are. While the bulls have set S&P targets to 3750 over the next 12-months while bearish signals persist. For investors it will be the difference in determining the "light" from the "train." 

As discussed in "Bulls Chant Into A Megaphone," 

"A breakout of the consolidation range, which was capped by the June highs, would put all-time highs into focus." 

Of course, we also discussed the importance of the issue of the "capitalization effect" on the market's advance, mainly since Apple and Microsoft make up such a significant weight. As noted by Sentiment Trader last week:

"The most significant stock in the U.S. and nearly the world, Apple, keeps powering higher. At the end of June, the value of Apple alone was almost 80% of the Russell 2000 index's market capitalization. As of today, it's nearly 90%. Such is astounding – in the past 40 years, no single stock has come close to dwarfing the value of so many other companies. "

Recapping The Math

"Currently, the top-5 S&P stocks by market capitalization (AAPL, AMZN, GOOG, FB, and MSFT) make up the same amount of the S&P 500 as the bottom 394 stocks. Those same five also comprise 26% of the index alone. "


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