BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- After last year's triumphant rebound, the stock market was wheezing in the first few weeks of 2010. With the labor market sagging and consumer spending on hold, U.S. investors asked themselves "Now what?"On Feb. 8, every industry in the S&P 500 Index had fallen at least 2%. By the end of March, the U.S. benchmark made up that loss and kept rising, finishing the first quarter up 5.4%. Global manufacturing heated up, business spending strengthened, and companies began to hire again, albeit slowly. Investors piled in.
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