With the hurdles facing many of the countries in the Euro zone, strategist have been tossing around the idea that the U.S. economy may in fact be decoupling from the rest of the economies around the globe. This is certainly an intriguing thought and would be supportive of better equity returns in the U.S. Better equity return doesn't necessarily mean positive returns though.
One recently cited data point is the strength of the U.S. PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) relative to other country PMIs. The PMI measures the health of the manufacturing sector of the economy. Readings greater than 50 indicate the manufacturing sector is expanding while readings under 50 indicate a contracting manufacturing sector. As displayed in the below chart, the U.S. has been a standout versus a number of the other countries and regions.