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THE MARKET DOWNTURN IS HERE, NOW WHAT?

As a bull market matures over the second half of an economic expansion, periods of increased market volatility are likely to become more common. Periods of volatility bouts will likely create a more challenging environment for investors, and in the short term, sentiment can control markets as investor sensitivity to certain risks spikes. We believe the macroeconomic fundamentals and the dynamism of American corporations are likely to drive further stock market gains.

WHAT WE CAN LEARN BY GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

Expectations for the back to school shopping season are low, and this season may only be flat versus last year. Several consumer spending tailwinds suggest the consumer discretionary sector may be poised to outperform through year-end.

EARNINGS UPDATE: CORPORATE RESILIENCE

We expect another quarterly earnings gain in the second quarter despite the drags from oil and the U.S. dollar. Improved global growth, lower energy costs, and effective cost controls have supported overall results. Although forward estimates have edged lower, we continue to expect earnings growth to accelerate during the second half of the year.

OIL’S LONG BOTTOMING PROCESS

The additional supply expected from Iran and the slow response by producers to reduce supply may lengthen oil’s stay in the $5 0– 60 range. We have tempered our previous enthusiasm for the energy sector and at current oil price levels view it as a market performer.

Q2 EARNINGS PREVIEW

Q2 earnings season may look a lot like Q1 as companies once again face the twin drags of the energy downturn and strong U.S. dollar. Corporate America may impress in other ways, such as its resilience to the latest Greece and China flare-ups. As earning season progresses, we will watch for evidence that earnings will accelerate in the second half.

GREECE PLAYBOOK

The referendum result this weekend throws Greece’s future in the currency union firmly in doubt. Here we address the question of whether the heightened risk of a Greek exit from the Eurozone might lead to contagion for global markets. We do not believe Greece is another “Lehman moment” and it may present an attractive buying opportunity for European equities.

DEBUNKING DOW THEORY

We do not believe transports’ weakness is a signal of an impending economic and market downturn. Historical data suggest transports’ underperformance may actually be signaling a buying opportunity for the S&P 500 rather than a sell. We believe transports present an attractive investment opportunity for the second half of 2015.

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED: MIDYEAR STOCK MARKET OUTLOOK

We believe corporate America will provide a much needed boost for the second half — providing the seventh year of positive returns in 2015, in the 5 – 9% range we forecast. Our forecast is based on expected mid-single-digit EPS growth for S&P 500 companies, supported by improved global economic growth, stable profit margins, and share buybacks in 2015, with limited help from valuation expansion.

ACA RULING COULD MAKE HEALTHCARE SECTOR MORE AFFORDABLE

The upcoming ACA Supreme Court decision may create a buying opportunity for the healthcare sector. We believe the odds favor the status quo, meaning that any selling pressure related to the risk of losing insured patients may present a buying opportunity.

Current Conditions Index 11/19/14

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Current Conditions Index 11/12/14

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