Not Too Shabby

As I've often discussed, the stock market is an amazingly accurate barometer of future economic activity: The market sniffs out the good and bad far in advance, likely six to eight months out. For us, as traders and investors, it is hard to think more than six to eight minutes ahead. But if we step back and look at the bigger picture, we can see some very positive developments for the future -- yes, even with the political wrangling in Washington on the horizon.

I look to several reports when I'm forming an opinion on the economy -- and, in turn, the stock market, especially since many of the indicators are forward-looking as well. Of these, I particularly prefer the ones with little noise that represent various areas of the entire economy. Let's briefly go over them one by one....494 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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