The global economic rebound is likely to be even stronger than many have anticipated and developed markets have the potential to outperform emerging markets, Jim O'Neill, head of global economic research at Goldman Sachs, told CNBC Tuesday.
"I think what we've seen since the turn of the year… is actually really strong," O'Neill told "Worldwide Exchange."
The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index was more than 2 percentage points higher in December than November, coming in at 55.9, data showed Monday.
Elsewhere, manufacturing in the euro zone and the UK, as well as in some Central European countries, showed signs of strength.
South Korea's economic data is "on fire," and so is China's purchasing managers index, O'Neill said.