All good things must come to an end, and at least for a single day, the market forgot about its euphoria over last week's Federal Reserve quantitative easing and gave up some ground. But the jury's still out on whether it means a true top in the market is in or whether we're just seeing a pause before further gains. Meanwhile, renewed concerns about the economy still weigh on the markets, helping to send the Dow Jones Industrials
Looking at the Dow's gainers today, you can see some of the uncertainty that investors have about whether the rally can push higher from the fact that many of the companies that gained the most were more defensive names. For instance, Pfizer's
Interestingly, though, Merck
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