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Stock Market Rally: Is This Just the First Leg?

|Includes: SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY)

Today I spoke to my old Morgan Stanley boss , Barton Biggs, who is so bullish that he believes we are only one third to one half of the way through the current stock market rally. Barton, voted best international strategist for seven years, and one of the founding fathers of investment in emerging markets (with some pushing from me), now runs Traxis Partners, a major global macro hedge fund. This earnings season will be a disaster, with forecast S&P 500 earnings at $40-$55 or lower. But hedge funds are still net sellers of assets, according to well placed prime brokers, and most still expect a retest of the lows at 666 in the S&P, or new lows in the 400’s. The capacity for the industry to take on new risk is therefore huge. Also encouraging is three consecutive monthly improvements in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). He sees this year as a replay of 1938, when a huge rally ensued after a long bear market, with 1938 valuations to boot.