By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC News Editor
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- As consumers come creeping back, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is out with a report touting a new investment theme to get behind: Be "long women." The firm has developed an entire list of stocks centered around the idea that more women have more money, and the stocks of companies that cater to their needs should benefit from their rising wealth. It's no secret that during the recent recession men have suffered job losses at a much more severe rate than women. The sectors that were most battered by the downturn were ones that are largely dominated by men, such as manufacturing and construction.
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