Following a 4% rise in the FTSE since the turn of the year, Jill Ralph and Nate Weisshaar examine what to look for in a rising market. They also discuss Vodafone (LSE:VOD) (NASDAQ:VOD) and BG Group (LSE:BG) (NASDAQOTH:BRGYY).

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