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Uncertain year ahead for U.S. stocks
Uncertain year ahead for U.S. stocks

Investors had plenty to keep them jittery in 2011. There were the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, economic woes in Europe, and, here at home, politically tinged fiscal showdowns in Washington over deep government spending cuts. Still, the stock market will enter 2012 in a spot that wasn't too different from late 2010. Looking ahead, economic and stock market observers see uninspiring U.S. economic growth, financial problems in Europe, and the health of Far East markets looming large in investors' minds. The stock market has come a long way since it toppled three years ago, but the future remains cloudy, they said. "At the end of the day, the largest economy in the world,...