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Three signs stocks could end the year on a good note

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Things are looking up for the stock market into the year's end, after a discouraging start to 2016. The earnings recession looks like it will end with third-quarter results, the value of mergers and acquisitions topped $100 billion in this weekend alone, and the largest initial public offering of the year is set to happen this week.

"I think all three of those things are essentially bullish signs for the market," said Randy Frederick, director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab.

"The groundwork is there for a pretty solid fourth quarter but it's got to keep going," he said.