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MUTUAL FUNDS

Fidelity’s Herring offers a bright long-term forecast

Has the stock market finally entered a comfort zone?

Consider that the Standard & Poor’s 500 index on Friday closed above 1,500 points for the first time since December 2007. Fourth-quarter earnings are mostly coming in strong. Less than four weeks into the year, stocks already are up 5 percent.

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