2012 turns out to be a surprisingly good year for stocks as markets overcome many challenges

  • by: STEVE ROTHWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 10:54 PM

NEW YORK - If you'd told investors what was going to happen in 2012 — U.S. economic growth at stall speed, an intensifying European debt crisis, a slowdown in China, fiscal deadlock in Washington, decelerating corporate earnings growth — and asked how the stock market would perform, few would have predicted a good year.

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