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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.

GLOBAL EARNINGS UPDATE: THE TIDE IS TURNING

European earnings have surprised on the upside while guidance has led to rising estimates, contributing to strong recent performance by European stocks. Japan’s first quarter revenue growth outpaced both the U.S. and Europe, while Japanese companies beat revenue forecasts at a solid rate.

THE GREEK DRAMA

Greece is unlikely to maintain its debt repayment schedule without a resolution. A default and a Greek exit may add volatility to the equity markets, but do not appear to present a systemic risk at this point.

LETTERMAN TRIBUTE: TOP 10 KEYS FOR STOCKS

This week we pay tribute to David Letterman’s last Late Show with our own top 10 list: the top 10 keys for stocks. A potential snapback in the U.S. economy is the number one issue for the stock market, but here we list nine other issues that will be important in determining where stocks go in the near term.

EARNINGS RECAP: GOOD ENOUGH?

The S&P 500 is on track to post year-over-year earnings growth of about 2% in the first quarter — a solid result considering the significant drags from the oil downturn and strong U.S. dollar. Healthcare led the upside, followed by energy, technology, and financials, while industrials struggled.

EMERGING MARKETS MAY MAKE A GOOD DRAFT PICK TO ADD TO PORTFOLIOS

We believe emerging markets (EM) score well when evaluated along some of the same criteria that NFL football teams use to assess potential draft picks: speed, strength, value, upside potential, and character. According to our evaluation, EM scores very well on the first four metrics, and the fifth — character — is sufficiently discounted in terms of policy and corporate governance risks. EM may make a good draft pick to add to your portfolios.

Current Conditions Index 11/19/14

Read real-time insight into the trends that shape LPL Financial Research’s recommended actions to manage portfolios, it has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Current Conditions Index 11/12/14

Read real-time insight into the trends that shape LPL Financial Research’s recommended actions to manage portfolios, it has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

 
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