If there's one chart that illustrates the strangehold the bulls have on the bears, it's the one below. The Russell 2000 is at a never-before-seen-in-history high. Higher than the NASDAQ bubble. Higher than the housing/credit bubble. Never. Ever. Higher.
I had hoped that the break of the extraordinary wedge pattern (highlighted in teal) would be similar in follow-up to what happened with the prior instance that I've shaded in green. Instead, the fall terminated abruptedly on October 4, 2011 and has been more or less pushing higher ever since.