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In this June 20, 2014 file photo, trader James Doherty works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
In this June 20, 2014 file photo, trader James Doherty works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
(Richard Drew/AP)

Second-half outlook: Stocks still look better than anything else

As the midyear approaches, many stock-market strategists are patting themselves on the back for a (mostly) well-navigated start to 2014. They called for modest gains, and the market delivered.

But now what?

Based on a few initial midyear checkups, strategists are confident that the bull market will survive – if not wow anyone with strong gains – largely because stocks still look better than everything else.