Amid stock market gyrations, stagnant employment numbers and uncertainty about interest rates, a significant majority of online investors polled by the Web-based brokerage TradeKing are still counting on the U.S. to lend horsepower to a global economic recovery.

Seventy-one percent of TradeKing's responding clients said they believe the Standard & Poor's 500 index will rise between 5% and 20% by yearend, compared with about 66% who said they believed the same thing in January.

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