Looking for a Blaze of Markups

We've entered the last week of the first quarter with the major indices pushing up against multiyear highs. The stars are now perfectly aligned for a markup event that lets fund managers tidy up their quarterly performance statistics. It's also coming after the S&P 500 posted its worst weekly loss of 2012, setting up a plethora of opportunities to buy strong stocks off their highs.

Hopefully, window dressing will lift the cloud that's hovered over the ticker tape since March 13. That, of course, is when a supportive Fed set the market on fire, pushing index prices through key milestones, including Dow 13,000 and Nasdaq 3000, as well as 1400 on the S&P 500. While these instruments have posted slightly higher highs since that time, momentum has evaporated, leaving stocks vulnerable to gravity driven downdrafts such as we saw last week....540 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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