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To put it bluntly, the last few years have been darn good for large-cap U.S. equities. The S&P 500 has staged the mother of all rallies since the end of the recession and continues to hit new record highs. All the damage inflicted by the downturn, credit crisis and crashing stocks is now just a blip on a long-term chart.

The problem is, as stocks have rallied, their valuations may be getting a bit stretched. And that has some market pundits questioning whether the rally in stocks can keep going.

But analysts at Oppenheimer may have the answer. Three answers, in fact, as to why the rally could keep going for the long haul.

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Big Rally Equals High Valuations

Since bottoming out in March of 2009, stocks have come back in a big way. The S&P 500, as represented by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), is up a staggering 260% since rebounding. Stocks have had a positive return for the second-longest streak in all of history. That’s great news for our portfolios.

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