Well, here we go again. Once again, the S&P 500 finished at what amounted to a fractional new all-time high on Thursday. And once again, the venerable index did not produce a convincing break above the top end of the trading range that has been with us for quite some time now. So once again, the question of the day is if the breakout will finally arrive or if traders will produce yet another “fake out” at the top end of the range.

If you find your self skeptical about the market’s ability to break on through to the other side, you are likely in good company. You see, this is definitely not the first go-round on this. And while we can argue about the final tally, we count no fewer than 14 prior breakout attempts since the end of February alone. So, please forgive me if the champagne remains in the rack at this stage of the game.

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