Monday, March 1, 2010
Stocks and the dollar rose after the latest round of M&A news was announced. Monday marked Day 16 of the current rally attempt but the market failed to produce a proper follow-through day because the gains fell short of the +1.7% guideline. Volume, a critical gauge of institutional demand, was reported mixed compared to Friday’s levels; higher on the Nasdaq and lower on the NYSE. Advancers led decliners by a nearly a 4-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by nearly a 3-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq exchange. New 52-week highs trumped new lows on both exchanges which was another welcomed sign.