Ben Graham, the legendary mentor to the legendary Warren Buffett, reportedly said, “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.”

Last week’s stock minor sell off was a pretty good example of voting not weighing, and, more importantly, it gives investors a way to buy into the market at a pause before, as I believe, it will go higher.

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The hiccough began last Friday but intensified Monday on a couple of things. First was an overreaction to weak U.S. Purchasing Manager Indexes, and then to—surprise surprise—another tweet from President Donald Trump that seemed to put a damper on whether a trade deal will be struck before the December 15th deadline for new U.S. tariffs on Chinese products.

Equity markets sold off most of last week, down nearly 3% at one point. While the cumulative decline isn’t significant in the grand scheme of things, the sharpness of the reversal is notable and the abrupt change in character from much of November stands out.

Selling intensified Monday with the downside reading of US ISM Manufacturing report, (48.1 vs 49.2 expected). I would be a buyer of this pullback. My base case remains that the 2020 economy will be stronger than 2019’s, setting the stage for a “revival of anima...

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