Stocks raced higher after two down weeks as investors warmed up to the idea the economy is strengthening. Lately, stocks have been off because better economic news lets investors worry the Fed will decide its stimulus is no longer needed. But Monday’s gains, driven by two big deals (Avago is buying LSI Corp., and AIG is selling its aircraft leasing unit to AerCap) plus strong manufacturing data, suggest investors are focusing on growth and fretting less about what the Fed will do. ‘People are actually seeing that things really are getting better,’ said Brad McMillan, at Commonwealth Financial. The Fed meets for two days beginning Tuesday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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