MINNEAPOLIS (Stockpickr) -- After much worry and consternation, stocks are moving higher again. Three months of consolidation has the market poised for gains. The fuel for appreciation should come in the form of higher corporate profits and a growing economy.
The big concern for many investors is inflation. The headlines have been screaming about rising oil and other commodity prices. Eventually those high prices are going to eat into profits. If earnings are lower, stock values need to adjust lower as well or at least that is the bear argument.
Currency values have played a big role in commodity price swings. A falling dollar has propped up many raw material prices, including oil. Recently we have seen what can happen when the dollar strengthens: commodity prices fall and stock prices move higher.
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