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These 5 factors could stop the stock market’s rally cold

Michael Brush
These 5 factors could stop the stock market’s rally cold

The stock market’s snap-back so far this year — which I suggested might play out here — has been nice to say the least, especially if you are in small caps. The Russell 2000 (RUT)  has advanced 6.7% this year through Wednesday compared to 3.1% for the S&P 500 (SPX)  and 2.4% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) . In fact, for the stocks to continue higher, we need five developments to play out — and some of them very soon.