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World Data Show Reasons for Optimism

Better world news means fewer headwinds, greater confidence, and probably scratching the euro demise off the worry list, at least for another year.

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Very early signs of a stronger world economy and decent if not downright boring earnings releases (unless you were an unfortunate  Apple (AAPL) shareholder) combined to drive the market higher every day of this week.

The economic news was thin, most of it housing-related, most of it continuing to demonstrate good long-term trends. Nevertheless, there's nothing new and exciting to write home about for the month of December.

Robert Johnson, CFA does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.