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We liked European equities before last month’s massive monetary stimulus plan was announced, so it should be no surprise that we like them even more now.

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It’s only January, so perhaps it’s too soon to identify a dominant market trend for 2015. That said, there are a lot of stresses in the global financial system.

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After a long period of resistance, it appears that the European Central Bank is finally going to follow the U.S. and Japan by starting a government bond-buying program to try to light a fire under a eurozone economy that is edging ever closer to deflation.

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Earnings season got off to a promising start this week when aluminum producer Alcoa reported revenue and profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 that were well above what the market was looking for. But that positive momentum ebbed a bit when the first big banks announced mixed results for the period.

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Worries about weak global growth and even weaker oil prices are making the new year anything but happy for equity investors.

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