Mid-Year Outlook

Highlights:

The performance of the markets is likely to converge in the second half of the year on a path that likely holds modest gains.  The return of volatility will also be a key characteristic of the second half of the 2013 as markets follow a path with ups and downs.

Download the full Weekly Market Commentary article here: Mid-Year Outlook

Jeffrey Kleintop, CFA
Chief Market Strategist
LPL Financial

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Soft Spot Arrives on Schedule

Highlights:
In recent years, the spring slide in the stock market was driven by the arrival of a spring soft spot in the economy. This soft spot has emerged again — for the fourth year in a row. The bond and commodity markets have already responded negatively. Will the stock market also react as it has in the past?

Download the full Weekly Market Commentary article here: Soft Spot Arrives on Schedule.

Jeffrey Kleintop, CFA
Chief Market Strategist
LPL Financial

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First Quarter Earnings Insights

Highlights: The dollar amount of first quarter 2013 earnings per share for the S&P 500 companies is expected to be lower than in each of the past three quarters and only 1% higher than a year ago. With the price-to-earnings ratio rising above its long-term average, investors are getting more confident about future earnings growth.

Download the full Weekly Market Commentary article First Quarter Earnings Insights.

Jeffrey Kleintop, CFA

Chief Market Strategist LPL Financial
April 15, 2013

LPL FINANCIAL RESEARCH

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