The market is off to a very good start to the week even without any obvious positive news catalysts. Microsoft (MSFT) cloud contract news is helping to lift the indices and Apple (AAPL) continues to be a 'go-to' name for those that need to put big money to work very quickly.
Breadth is running about 5-2 positive due in large part to strong small-cap action. There are around 440 new 12-month highs which is light for a market with the indices so close to all-time highs. Typically this number would be hitting 600-800 or more but it is suppressed mainly because of recent rotational out of the growth stock and momentum names that would normally comprise most of the leadership list.
That rotation out of momentum and growth has left many traders with higher levels of cash that they have had difficulty deploying because the normal momentum style stopped working. To put cash to work recently required buying 'bad' charts and broken stocks rather than relative strength. That is a tough shift for many traders that do not like to buy stocks near lows.
Some of my recent bottom fish plays like SmileDirectClub (SDC) , Audiocodes (AUDC) , Digital Turbine (APPS) and Village Farms (VFF) have worked will. One big cap on my radar that is working well is AT&T (T) .
I've taken some profits in extended names like PDF Solutions (PDFS) but I'm only making partial sales at this time.
This continues to be very good price action but obviously it is becoming extended and there are some major technical hurdles. Stay vigilant but don't be seduced by the bears.