The list of outperforming sectors points to more good fortune next year, but it might not be advisable to back up the truck just yet.
These companies serving the construction industry offer some upside potential.
The sector's big run-up could mean new money is buying a top.
3 homebuilders are upgraded at JPMorgan, and Select Medical is downgraded at 3 firms.
Investors lose confidence that the ECB will stem the region's debt crisis. In the US, unemployment filings decline, the trade deficit narrows, and wholesale inventories drop.
Facebook is initiated with an 'outperform,' and Pulte Group is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Investors are betting most heavily and consistently on a recovery in US housing and consumer spending.
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