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Maybe I wasn't listening very carefully today, but this year in the stock market seems to be getting off on the right foot.
For me, that has nothing to do with a 200 point gain, but it has everything to do with platitudes and what is frequently assumed to be the "conventional wisdom" not making their annual appearances.
Okay, maybe the 200 point gain has something to do with it, but I like to think that I'm bigger than that, even though I know that my superficiality won't take me there.
Specifically, getting off on the right foot means that there was a noticeable absence of anyone getting on the typical first trading day of the year talking points.
In the years that I've been fairly addicted to business television the beginning of the year stories are always the same.
Dogs of the Dow, January stock rally, retail sales revisions come in better than expected, Super Bowl Indicator theory and so on.
There's usually also some human interest story, like the twins born in different years.
I guess I'm so sensitized to these kinds of stories that the recent nightmare I had made so much sense.
Listening to Dana Telsey describe how thisyear, once again Chinese restaurants and movie theaters in major metropolitan areas saw 30% of their annual profits maerialize during the week between Christmas and New Years.
So far, there hasn't even been a summary of best and worst performers, although that has to be related to my inattention.
Although, still, its absence may be plausible. I guess when you can go an entire year and not see anything change in the S&P 500 level, it's almost as if the year had never happened, other than memories of the vomiting during the up and down segments of the ride.
That's exactly why you need to sit in the front row of the roller coaster. Staying ahead of the curve works. Sitting behind someone who vomits doesn't.
Now to be totally fair, I did hear someone refer to the "Dogs of the Dow" theory on Friday, but did so only in the context of pointing out that the list for 2012 looks pretty much like the list for 2011.
That's not the way it's supposed to work, so maybe that explains today's silence. Of course, that silence may make adhering to the theory a good idea, were it not for the stocks involved.
After the past week, which was so utterly boring, it really was nice to see a definitive move, especially in a higher direction, but I pretty much traded myself out for the day after the first 60 minutes.
I'm not usually prone to making New Year's resolutions, but I did so this year.
The first, has already been satisfied.