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Unseasonable Weather Weighs on the Economy

At the start of 2013, most market participants expected the economy to struggle under the weight of the fiscal cliff, and later, the sequestration imposed on the federal budget by Congress. Instead, it appears that a colderthan-normal winter and a cooler-than-usual spring is having a more pronounced impact on the economy...

Current Conditions Index 6/5/13

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

Miserable May

All eyes are on this week’s release of the monthly employment report (on Friday, June 7, 2013), as high-quality bonds concluded one of their worst monthly performances of the past 10 years. The broad Barclays Aggregate Bond Index declined 1.8% in May 2013, the worst monthly performance since December 2009, which in turn is the weakest since October 2008...

Real and Sustainable

The U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report always generates plenty of attention from the media, Main Street, and the markets - and this week will be no exception. The May 2013 report scheduled for release on Friday, June 7, is expected to show that the economy added a net new 165,000 jobs in May 2013, (the same number of net new jobs created in April 2013) and that the nation’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.5% in May 2013...

Love-Hate Relationship Between Bond Yields and Stock Prices

Stock prices and bond yields have historically had a love-hate relationship that would make the romantic ups and downs of any soap opera seem mild by comparison. But, currently, the relationship between them remains tight and far from crossing the line that would lead to a breakup. With the 10-year Treasury yield rising a half of a percentage point last month, investors are beginning to wonder when rising interest rates may start to negatively affect stock prices...

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