It's always easy to take a contrary view of the stock market. From a skeptical point of view, the Federal Reserve's Beige Book included a number of troubling findings, including a slow manufacturing sector and a general lack of strong job growth. Second-quarter GDP came in at just 1.7%, slower than its pace in the first quarter and far from the robust recovery that most Americans would prefer to see. With macroeconomic headwinds around the world, it's easy to understand why the Dow Jones Industrials
Indeed, some Dow stocks didn't even do that well. Coca-Cola
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