Surveying S&P's STARS

Chief Investment Strategist Sam Stovall discusses the brightest shares -- as well as some dim ones -- in the S&P universe

The broad outlook for the economy and the market is for recovery, although growth in gross domestic product this year will be a relatively slow 2.3%, climbing to 4.4% in 2004. That's Standard & Poor's forecast, according to Sam Stovall, S&P's chief investment strategist. The forecast has higher numbers for operating earnings of companies in the S&P 500-stock index, Stovall adds -- up 17% this year and an additional 13% next.

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