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Morning Commentary

Let Me Play Among the Stars
By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
5/9/2017 9:07 AM

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
on a, Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
in other words, baby, kiss me

-Frank Sinatra

The technology moonshot keeps going and going, living up the fanciful lyrics to the Frank Sinatra classic “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Yesterday, late buying lifted the S&P 500 to a new all-time high; it was all about the NASDAQ Composite Index that surged to another record high carried by the usual suspects. The virtuous cycle of these tech names has indeed created the perfect storm.  The higher the rally, the more big money managers must step up and own these names.

Already, the institutional ownership of these names is significant:

  • 70% (GOOGL) Google
  • 71% (FB)  Facebook
  • 64% (AMZN) Amazon
  • 61 %(APPL) Apple

Market winners continue to mask anxiety in the market as there were 40% more losers than winners on the NASDAQ and the NYSE; the volume was even more lopsided. The big money managers can continue to chase performance, but they are spying fresh ideas as any other investor.

The Coiled Blue Chips

The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a small gain after seesawing most of the session. The Blue Chip Index is becoming a coiled spring, ready to leap with the right catalyst; one catalyst could be establishing new highs. 

It’s a proven fact that new highs beget new highs; the challenge for the Dow is not forming a double top, and then retracing.


With the so-called “fear index” near an all-time low point, many purists are saying there is too much complacence.  Of course, the purists have been saying this for years. I’ve never been a big fan of the index, but you’ll hear how this is a red flag- it’s not. 

Current Summary

S&P 500

  • 14th new all-time high since inauguration
  • 23nd new all-time high since Election Day


  • 23nd new all-time high since inauguration
  • 37th new all-time high since Election Day

Today’s Session

The major indices are relatively flat with a slight positive bias.  The earnings parade continues as does Fed speak from several members.  

MARKET doing great and future can be positive with some cooperative work in Congress by both parties and the WH. However, the Democrat's hatred, yes hatred for Trump and anything Republican is the elephant in the room of America's future. I get the feeling they (DEMS) would gladly tank the advancement of the economy, rebirth of good paying jobs and it's ability to restore the middle class than see DT be successful.
As a Libertarian I would prefer a real third path forward but, alas I only have two choices. Neither side is satisfying at the present!

Garro on 5/9/2017 9:17:31 AM
In my humble opinion, the greatest Sinatra song ever!

Ray Weldon on 5/9/2017 10:58:09 AM

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