i know the economic data has been better than expected an i know consumer sales was very surprising; actually sales is whats really sparking ths rally aside from china.. anyway, loo a how many homes are under water(mortgages),how many people stopped paying their mortgages either as a result of foreclosure or the fact that they are delinquent and know they ar going into foreclosure so of course they are not paying their mortgages. essentially,they are living in homes rent and mortgage free. how great is that !!! well,does anyone think a big portion of the increased sales numbers has been a direct result of the aforementioned? i mean,if ost people were making a true attempt to pay their mortgage,perhaps they would not have the disposable income they have. of course they may be unemployed but if you have no rent or mortage you can still go to the mall and do some shopping...please opine.