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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.

MUNICIPAL CHALLENGES

We see a potentially brighter future ahead for municipal bonds, despite a difficult second quarter thus far, due to still attractive valuations, higher yields, and a favorable summer seasonal period. A low-single-digit total return is plausible given our expectation for a modest rise in interest rates coupled with valuation improvement relative to Treasuries.

BOND TUG-OF-WAR

Lingering uncertainty over Greece, U.S. economic growth, and the Fed may continue to create a tug-of-war on bond prices that will likely continue to lead to a low-return environment. We believe additional bond market strength is likely limited.

GRADING THE FED’S QE PROGRAM: WEEK 3

We give the Fed partial credit on equity and bond market impact. The U.S. equity market performed exceptionally well during all three QE rounds, with the broad stock market increasing by 164%, as measured by the Russell 3000. The Fed partially helped lower bond yields (and boost bond returns) during its QE program.

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.

 
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