Market On Open - Monday 4 December

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Small Cap Hell Recedes, For Now

Friday saw some weakness in the S&P and the Nasdaq, strength in the Dow and Bust-A-Move in the Russell 2000. The Russell has been nothing short of manically depressed since its July high; the rebound from the lows thus far has been as dramatic as the plunge. It looks like it can continue to move up, as you will see from our charts below.

Around now we ought to be putting together a fifth Inner Circle portfolio with stocks under accumulation. I've been thinking about looking to the Russell 2000 as a a source of single-name possibilities. Thus far I remain unamored with the quality of companies in the index - if that changes you'll be the second to know.

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