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Animal Spirits..or a Bubble?

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The February version of Zacks market strategy outlines the following themes.

What produces 2017 U.S. optimism? 

Trump unleashes animal spirits. Beneath that, stellar U.S. job gains and stronger wages build. High stock prices support consumer spending. Technicals are in momentum mode. Traders ignore worry, sharing Republican optimism. Demographics can build Health Care, but the ACA gets repealed. Does it get replaced, or not? House buying & construction get stronger still. For banks, a rise in rates is likely across 2017.

What’s alive for pessimists? 

Valuations. A 14-year high on the U.S. dollar hits harder. Recession worry centers on real estate. Rising rates may push down home and business construction demand. A bubble popping somewhere is possible.

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