THE MARKET AVERAGES They Should Be Used with Caution

THE MARKET AVERAGES

They Should Be Used with Caution

DURING the first years of the great Bull Market rise, many U.S. investors "played the averages." They bought blue-chip stocks used to compute stock averages, notably those in the Dow-Jones average, and made money because it was a blue-chip market in which the leaders rose fastest. But in 1956, playing the averages did not pay off; the blue chips backed and filled all year long. Last week, in the first days of 1957, almost every Wall Street commentator was warning investors to beware the averages this...

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