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Market Recap: Markets Do Well Until Last-Minute Sell-Off

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Markets closed down today:

▼ Dow: -0.33 percent

▼ Nasdaq: -0.07 percent

▼ S&P: -0.28 percent

Precious metals:

▼ Gold: (NYSE:GLD) down to $1,680.46 an ounce

▼ Silver: (NYSE:SLV) down -1.10 percent to settle at $32.44

Commodities:

▼ Oil: -0.15 percent

Today’s markets were down because (via T3Live.com):

Stocks closed in the red on Tuesday thanks to a last-hour sell-off. However, the damage was minimal, hardly denting yesterday's sharp gains. The Dow and S&P closed down 0.3 percent while the Nasdaq slumped only 0.1 percent. A small pull-back or rest after a big rally is no cause for concern, and the rally remains firmly intact.

The indices were quiet most of the day as strong stocks keep pushing forward. There was a very tight range in the SPY ($141.43-141.83) until the last hour.

It was a constructive day overall, and a stock picker's playground.

Not much to report from an individual stock perspective. In an afternoon note on the Buzz & Banter, I mentioned that Sina and Ren-Ren were waking up a bit, and they took off before the last hour pull-back.

I did sell my Apple, LinkedIn, and Sohu earlier in the day as they met some of my short term objectives. AAPL pulled in off the highs a bit in the last hour, but the relative strength continues as the selling was muted.

...I’m taking down some risk as we keep working through this week before quarter-end, but I don’t see any reason to run for the hills.

Stocks are still rotating and working well.

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