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Jeannie Clarke

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    Investors are far too bearish, and U.S. equities could move 8-10 percent higher this year, according to the CEO of Emergent Asset Management, David Murrin, who added that Europe’s focus on fiscal austerity is proving “disastrous.”

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    The 2012 bull market still has further to run, according to Paul Schatz, president of Heritage Capital, an independent investment banking and advisory firm. Instead of a major selloff, Schatz believes that the equity markets will only peak later on in the year, or early in 2013. But he’s undecided about whether this will incorporate a “sell in May and go away” mantra.

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    Spanish banks are facing a “tragic” situation, and there should be no complacency about their problems, according to Bill Blain, a senior director for the Special Situations Group at UK brokerage Newedge.

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    Last year was one of the worst on record for hedge funds, but the industry appears to be shrugging off the bad times. According to Deutsche Bank's latest Alternative Investment Survey, hedge fund assets are expected to rise 12 percent to a record $2.26 trillion this year.