Consumer Picks for a Contradictory Market

Consider the current market conundrum: The stock market is hitting all-time highs on an almost daily basis, yet at the same time, there are serious concerns about the U.S. economy. Is there a way to use this seeming contradiction to our advantage?

First of all, there is no rule that says the stock market and the economy need to be in sync. They can and often do move in opposite directions. Five years ago, when the economy was at its worst, Apple (AAPL) traded for less than $100, pre-split. From its lowest intraday point in 2009, the S&P 500 has nearly tripled without the benefit of a strong economy. Clearly, we trade markets not economies....358 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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