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6 Key Stock Market Indicators to Watch


In the short run, the stock market is a voting machine, said Benjamin Graham, considered by many to be the ultimate investing sage. But in the long run, it’s a weighing machine -- over time a company’s shares will command the price its business prospects deserve, measured by such basic yardsticks as profit growth, balance-sheet strength and management vision.

For much of 2011, the stock market behaved like a gigantic voting booth. And the effects have been dizzying.

What can you expect from stocks in the New Year? Keep an eye on these benchmarks to gauge where the market is headed next.

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