Specialist Paul Cosentino, right, woks with traders Anthony Carannante, left, and John Santiago on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Few market watchers see a sharp reversal for stocks anytime soon, at least this year.That should keep profits on the upswing for companies, and stock prices tend to follow the direction of profits.Stocks and bonds have ripped higher in recent years as inflation has remained low.Central banks around the world approved massive stimulus programs to avoid a downward spiral where falling prices lead to a weaker economy, which in turn could lead to even lower prices.If inflation picks up faster than the Federal Reserve is expecting, it could force the central bank to raise rates more quickly than it has prepped markets for.r Central banks around the world tightening too quickly.It's not just the Fed that investors are watching closely. "The idea of the bull market dying because of central banks tightening too quickly, that's the big worry," said Marina Severinovsky, investment strategist at Schroders. She, though, is still optimistic that markets can keep rising broadly given the improvements in the global economy.Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index got 43 percent of their sales from outside the country in 2016, the most recent full year for which S&P Dow Jones Index has statistics.
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