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4 Stocks to Buy Now for the Coming 'Santa Claus' Rally


A rising stock market, lower gasoline prices, strengthening home prices, and falling unemployment all add up to a more confident consumer in a mood to spend for the holidays. And remember this Wall Street axiom: Never bet against the American consumer. About 70% of U.S. gross domestic product is consumer spending, three-fourths of which occurs during the upcoming holiday season.

So, yes, you can believe in a "Santa Claus" rally this year. With recovery on track and consumers manifestly eager to open their wallets and purses, seasonal tailwinds will lift the shares of this foursome of well-positioned stocks. (Conversely, here are some lump of coal stocks to check out -- and avoid.)

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