By Constance Gustke, Special to CNBC.com
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Yes, the U.S. recovery has been modest, but it still has legs -- if wobbly -- this year. For starters, U.S. economic growth is widely expected to out-muscle Europe and Japan, and the positive signs are increasingly heartening, pushing analysts to raise their GDP estimates. "The recovery is real," says David Darst, chief investment strategist at MorganStanley SmithBarney. "But it will, at times, be halting and anemic." He predicts that GDP growth will notch 4 percent this year, compared to 4.4 percent globally.
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