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On the evening of Tuesday November 4th, 2008 Barack Obama was elected president

08/14/2009
Along with that election came the new administration's policies and Wall Street's interpretation of the effect of those policies on risky assets. Wednesday, November 5th was the market's first opportunity to "price in" those policies. The open that morning for the Dow Industrials was 9616.60, modestly lower from the previous day's 9625.28 closing price. The market greeted the first day of a confirmed Obama presidency with a dramatic sell to a 9139.27 close. The Dow has failed to recover from that day's selloff since.

We are now approaching the "Obama Resistance" with the Dow trading 9400ish. It would be an excellent indication of the strength, and validity, of this rally to elevate above 9625. The market strength will finally overwhelm Wall Street's fears about the new administration's policies. A true referendum on the market and, in some sense,Wall Street's comfort with the new administration.

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