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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Strategists at $234 billion asset manager Macquarie Investment Management laid out an exceptionally bullish prediction for U.S. stocks — their equities team is calling for the market to double in value over the next 10 years.

Why it matters: That would put the Dow at around 55,000.

What they're saying: "Growth has entered a secular phase where many companies focused on the new economy can continue to grow for years to come," Alex Ely, Macquarie's CIO of U.S. small-mid cap growth equity, said during a call with reporters Monday.

  • The "new economy" is focused on the expansion of healthy food, advanced drug treatments and the digital economy, he said.

John Leonard, Macquarie's global head of equities, tells Axios that such predictions don't make them super-bulls; it's more that many other investors are "irrationally bearish" on equities and have missed out on a great deal of the gains in recent years.

  • "The fact that this market has been relatively positive and extended since the financial crisis doesn’t mean that the earnings can’t continue to grow and stock prices can’t continue to go up as a result of that."

Go deeper: Investors cheer a Teflon earnings season

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Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Netflix tops 200 million global subscribers

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth-quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.

Janet Yellen plays down debt, tax hike concerns in confirmation hearing

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen at an event in December. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, pushed back against two key concerns from Republican senators at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday: the country's debt and the incoming administration's plans to eventually raise taxes.

Driving the news: Yellen — who's expected to win confirmation — said spending big now will prevent the U.S. from having to dig out of a deeper hole later. She also said the Biden administration's priority right now is coronavirus relief, not raising taxes.