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Portfolio Compass 3/6/13

Compass Changes: Upgraded consumer staples view to neutral from modest negative. Upgraded utilities view to modest negative from negative. Downgraded materials view to neutral from modest positive. Downgraded emerging markets (equities) view to neutral from modest positive. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view...

Old Acquaintances

The re-emergence of European risks and domestic fiscal policy uncertainty helped Treasuries post their strongest weekly performance since last November. Higher yielding segments of the bond market such as bank loans, high-yield bonds, and preferred stocks, backed by good fundamentals, are our preferred way to navigate a low-yield, range-bound market....

Growing Gap Between Health of Consumers

Last week’s data highlighted the growing gap between the health of businesses and consumers that is starting to contribute to a widening gap in the performance of consumer and business-driven stocks, as well. The economic reports released last week covering the time period of January and February 2013 for orders of equipment by businesses and manufacturing activity point to strengthening business demand...​

Marching Toward the Pre-Recession Peak

The U.S. economy needs to add another 2.7 million net new jobs to get back to the all-time high set in early 2008 during the early months of the recession. How quickly the economy can create those 2.7 million jobs will in large part determine if, when, and how the Federal Reserve (Fed) begins to scale back its quantitative easing (QE) program...

Current Conditions Index 2/27/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) remained basically unchanged at 239. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though sluggish, economic growth in the United States. Over the past few months, momentum in the CCI has stalled...

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