Without much negative news from the usual suspects [subprime, energy, the dollar and so forth], stock prices were able to rise as buyouts continued and Merck beat earnings estimates. Once again, beneath the headline number, breadth sucked.
From the table above, the divergence is plain to see, making the 92 point DJIA and 7 point S&P 500 rise misleading. And, for a Monday in July, volume in some sectors was decent.
Meanwhile, overseas things are still smokin'.
You'd never know there were any divergences or stock distribution going on by looking at hot overseas markets. Nor would you suspect any with U.S. markets so strong. But let's just chalk one up for the bulls and see if this problem goes away.
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