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Eight Contrarian Signs About That 2011 Stock Rally

A continued rally in U.S. stocks next year is becoming an article of faith. But beneath the bullish sheen of several positive reports, many other key statistics and indicators are bearish or neutral. Investors might want to balance the widespread confidence by looking at these eight.

Philly Fed Index Hits a High
for This Year

Manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic region unexpectedly surged in November, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported Thursday. The Philly Fed's Business Outlook Survey index jumped to 22.5 in November from 1 in October, it's highest reading since December 2009.

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises 0.5%, the Most Since July

The nation%u2019s manufacturing recovery accelerated in October as factory output jumped 0.5%, the Federal Reserve said. Overall industrial output was flat in the month, but the typical autumn plunge in utilities output skewed the top-line stat lower.

U.S. Industrial Production Slipped 0.2% in September

It's the first decline since June 2009. Still, despite the dip, the nation's industrial sector remains in an uptrend, and a weaker dollar may further boost international sales of key U.S. companies in the months ahead.

May Industrial Production Makes Strong Gains

The nation%u2019s industrial sector remains definitively in recovery mode, with production rising 1.2% in May -- its 10th increase in the last 11 months. Among the highlights of the across-the-board monthly gains: Vehicle manufacturing rose 10% and utilities output jumped 4.8.

A Big Increase in Industrial Output

Production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities rose 0.8 percent in November -- the biggest gain in three months. Further, it was broad-based, with all groups and sectors, except for utilities, registering increases.