Despite a modest stock-market pullback and mediocre job and income gains, global manufacturing is growing at a pace not seen since early 2011.
With Syria about to be on the receiving end of a Tomahawk missile strike, a surge in crude oil is pushing up the sector.
Dry weather in the Midwest, and frost in Brazil, is pushing up agricultural commodities in a way not seen since 2012.
A slowdown in the housing market, driven by a rise in mortgage rates, is pushing up precious metals on renewed cheap money hopes.
A steady increase in long-term interest rates is pulling the rug out from under stocks and other assets.
The market is still spooked by the prospect of Fed tapering, despite signs of a global recovery.
The long-awaited move in precious metals is underway as Wall Street banks and speculators are forced to buy.
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