NEW YORK - If history is any indication, the U.S. stock market should enjoy a measure of growth in 2005.

That's because, as Merrill Lynch Investment Managers President and Chief Investment Officer Robert Doll pointed out, experts must look back as far as the mid-1800s to find a down year in the Dow Jones Industrial Average when that year ends with the number five. In fact, years ending in the number five have witnessed average S&P 500 growth of 28.5% between 1929 and 2003.

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